When investigators tried to piece together Lincoln’s assassination, they interviewed many witnesses, including Black Americans. Read about how a racist practice on the part of those who built the legal and historical record ironically made Black stories easier to find.
Ford's Theatre Blog
Why don’t you ever see a reenactment of Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre? We explore the reasons.
Historically, Ford’s Theatre Oratory Programs have featured speeches by Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, the program added speeches by others. These additional speeches reflect shared ideas and values that shape the United States: freedom for all, the importance of standing against injustice, integrity and the right of self-determination. Together, the speeches represent the strength and diversity of one nation of people, working towards the same goals.
Civil War and Confederate monuments are at the center of debate in 2020. As a site of national memory and political violence, Ford’s offers a list of resources to help contextualize the history of how these monuments came to be and what they meant when first commissioned and their meanings now.
Public speaking can cause everything from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Seventy-five percent of Americans share this fear. This blog offers simple strategies including speaking about your passion, knowing the content and context of your speech, having a plan for addressing mistakes and the importance of feedback.
Following friend (and racketeer) Arnold Rothstein’s murder, Damon Runyon used Rothstein’s trial as inspiration to write stories in a perpetual present tense. Runyon found his home in his fictional Runyonland, a place created from his observations of Broadway’s nightlife. Learn more about the origins of the classic musical Guys and Dolls in this post.
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