Partisanship, 1850’s Style, w/ Josh Mensch, co-author of The Lincoln Conspiracy

High political stakes, secret plots, Plug Uglies armed with sharp awls to help ‘convince’ voters… Baltimore in the 1850’s was a fearsome place where politics and gangs were hard to separate.  Yet it was the connecting stop for new Presidents and Union Soldiers getting to Washington D.C.

We speak with Josh Mensch.  Josh is the co-author with Brad Meltzer of the New York Times bestselling nonfiction history book The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed

We talk to Josh about his book, the story of the plot to stop Lincoln’s Presidency even before it happened, how it was foiled, and about political partisanship in America then and now.