The country at that time, almost 150 years ago, was in a very fearful place. The South and the North had been in such a vicious contest with each other and the peace was very fragile. So when Lincoln was assassinated, the fear of something uncontrollable breaking loose forced the Union leadership into a kind of behavior that’s very similar to some of our behavior over the last several years. The story of The Conspirator raises questions about a nation’s survival, and about how we respect our laws, and even our Constitution. I’m always drawn to stories about America, not just as a country but as a “concept” of who we are or aspire to be. Those aspirations and ideals are the basis from which our country was founded. They have the ability to inspire greatness and at times, they have the ability to corrupt our judgment. It’s human nature and I find stories that expose the humanity of our ideals fascinating. It’s these intimate human stories that become so revealing about America, and to me this is one of those stories.