James L. Swanson, the author of the 2006 New York Times bestseller “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Rocky River High School. Swanson’s appearance marks the opening of “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at the school that examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the intertwined crises of the Civil War.
Swanson has degrees in history from The University of Chicago, where he was a student of noted historian John Hope Franklin, and law from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theatre Society.
His other books include the acclaimed photographic history “Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution,” as well as “Chasing Lincoln’s Killer,” and adaptations of “Manhunt “and “Bloody Crimes” for young readers. Swanson was born on Lincoln’s birthday.