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Lincoln, Davis, and Booth: Family Secrets is about the need for deception. Abraham Lincoln's mother had an affair with Jefferson Davis' father and that relationship needed to be kept secret. 1) Abraham Lincoln wanted a life in politics and if the voters knew of his mother's adultery with Samuel Davis, they would not vote for him. Abraham had to keep his mother's infidelity a secret. 2) Samuel Davis' grown children wanted their father's adultery kept secret from their mother. They were afraid that if she knew of her husband's affair it would destroy their family. During the Civil War there was a massive loss of life. This slaughter created a hatred for Lincoln. Many wanted Lincoln dead. 3) Booth killed Lincoln and lived. He and his family wanted his escape and survival kept secret. During Lincoln's lifetime many had something to hide, this book unravels some of those secrets.
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Troy Cowan was a school teacher and school administrator. He was fortunate to have taught in Guam, in Oregon, the Virgin Islands, and finally, Texas. In 2005, he was an assistant principal when he retired at Brenham High School. In the seventies, Troy's aunt, Jane R. Davis, wrote about Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln being brothers. For over fifty years, Troy didn't give it any thought. One day, he ran across a question on the Internet. That question asked if Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln were brothers. The answer given was NO. Troy knew that wasn't true. He wrote Lincoln, Davis, and Booth to set the record straight.
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