THE GREAT CONSPIRACY

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY OF U.S. PRESIDENTS (1789-1865)



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Days after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Wall Street businessman John Smith Dye self-published History of the Plots and Crimes of the Great Conspiracy (1865). Dye’s book of sensational non-fiction presented an explosive circumstantial case for how and why Washington, D.C. slave politicians John C. Calhoun and Jefferson Davis orchestrated the demise of four U.S. presidents (James Monroe in 1831, William Harrison in 1841, Zachary Taylor in 1850, and Abraham Lincoln in 1865) while making unsuccessful attempts on the lives of two more (Andrew Jackson in 1835 and James Buchanan in 1857).

Scholars going back to the Jim Crow era have dismissed Dye as paranoid. But sometimes paranoia is just getting the facts right because most the U.S. history in Dye’s book is true and what little is known about his life reveals a forgotten patriot.

 
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