Social Studies

The Killing of Lincoln and Chasing John Wilkes Booth

Great Books meet True Crime when we explore the criminal conspiracy to assassinate the president, with an overview of the U.S. Civil War.
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13 reviews for this class
Completed by 48 learners

55 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Thu May 26

May 26 - May 27 (1 week)
Th, Fr
4pm - 4:55pm

Wed Jun 22

Jun 22 - Jun 23 (1 week)
We, Th
4pm - 4:55pm

Mon Jul 18

Jul 18 - Jul 19 (1 week)
Mo, Tu
7pm - 7:55pm

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
The goal of the course is to provide an overview of the events of the Lincoln assassination and perspective on U.S. Civil War. We will use the James L. Swanson's youth popular history entitled, Chasing Lincoln's Killer, as a guidebook. It will not be required reading but will be recommended. 
Middle school and high school students should adjust well to this material, but each individual should assess their own sensitivity to violent subjects. 
No preparation for the class is required beyond a thirst for knowledge. Chasing Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson, would lead the student further into the topic if that is desired. 
 3 files available upon enrollment
Recommended reading: Swanson, James L. 2009. Chasing Lincoln's killer. New York: Scholastic Press All of the subjects presented can be researched at It is a good resource for general knowledge. is also a good source of general historical knowledge, but some parts of it require a subscription.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
A knowledge quiz or two will be given to enhance learning. This course is enrichment and will not give a letter grade, but quiz scores can be provided to students. 
1 hour 50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
The course outline will be based on: Swanson, James L. 2009. Chasing Lincoln's killer. New York: Scholastic Press. The course will deviate somewhat from the table of contents to present the material in four online meetings. 

Assassination is by nature a violent subject, but I have chosen the youth version of James L. Swanson's book because the adult version is more detailed and graphic but covers the same material. 


Mr. Marshall M.A.
Lives in the United States
History Buff
69 total reviews
116 completed classes

About Me

Before joining Outschool, I taught a U.S. History and Culture Overview to High School Students visiting from China at UCLA. Before that I taught U.S. History at Marymount California University for three years.
I studied history at Pepperdine... 
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