Analysis Of Eric Rauchway's Murdering Mckinley

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Register to read the introduction… Employing Briggs’ notes and scrapbook, Rauchway traces his journey chronologically from his initial, frustrating interviews with prison guards and physicians associated with Czolgosz, to his backtracking and interviews of Leon’s family and friends. He is thus able to reliably conclude that Czolgosz was certainly not insane, nor a morally deficient person… and was not, as Leon himself believed, suffering from syphilis. It is also noted that “conspicuously absent among the reactions to McKinley’s murder was any significant expression of surprise,” and there were a considerable number of people who felt McKinley deserved what he got. William James was even cynical enough to venture that the assassination was more than he deserved; “the old humbug now adds the martyr’s crown to the rest of his luck,” he quipped. (p. …show more content…
His use of the Czolgosz trial transcript (a historically ignored document) to paint a fuller picture of the assassin, and also in a sense vindicate his lawyers from the traditional charge that they had done little to defend their client I feel is an important addition to the book and to history. The background he gathered as a whole is nothing short of remarkable; nearly anyone who was even remotely involved had at least a brief description of their temperament and background, and quite often it was fairly extensive. Briggs, the man whose notes he used to gain an understanding of Czolgosz and his motives, has sections dedicated to him, which simultaneously shed light on Czolgosz, Briggs himself, and the world both as Czolgosz experienced it and as it

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