History Detectives

Season 2 Episode 6

Riding Crop

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Aug 02, 2004 on PBS
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Riding Crop
Preston Brooks' Riding Crop The Place: Long Island, New York A man claims that a beautiful riding crop was given to a family ancestor by the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis. He believes that it was no ordinary present, but was given to Preston Brooks to congratulate him for beating into senselessness an anti-slavery campaigner, Charles Sumner. Many regard this public attack in the Senate as a significant moment in America's move toward division and Civil War. History Detectives visits New York City, Columbus, Georgia and Sea Cliff, New York, to unravel a startling story of politics, filibusters and mistaken identity. Home of Lincoln Assassination Plot The Place: Greenwich Village, New York A woman has a question about the home she's been living in for the last few years. She's heard a rumor that John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln, spent some time in her house. Not only that, she's heard that her home is where the plot for the assassination was hatched. Is this really where Lincoln's murder was planned? Revolutionary War Cannon The Place: Boston, Massachusetts A Boston woman is fascinated by an old cannon, kept in a local national park storage facility. She has heard that in 1774, members of the Boston Militia stole the cannon from the Boston Armory and hid it on her ancestor's land. Could the attempt by British forces to retrieve this and other cannons have precipitated the first battle of the Revolutionary War? History Detectives investigate the events leading up to the War of Independence and the founding of the United States.moreless

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Wes Cowan

Wes Cowan

antiques appraiser/auctioneer

Elyse Luray

Elyse Luray

antiques appraiser

Gwen Wright

Gwen Wright

Columbia University architectural historian

Tukufu Zuberi

Tukufu Zuberi

University of Pennsylvania sociologist

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