Did John Wilkes Booth’s father, Junius Brutus Booth, Sr., write a letter threatening President Andrew Jackson’s life? PBS’ History Detectives investigate:
This episode features author Gene Smith. Mr. Smith wrote a wonderful biography of the Booth family entitled, American Gothic: the Story of America’s Legendary Theatrical family, Junius, Edwin, and John Wilkes Booth. I decided to post this video after learning the sad news that Mr. Smith passed away on July 25th. His book was one of the first “Boothie” books I ever read, and it drew me more and more into the assassination story. Thank you, Mr. Smith.