Lincoln's Assassination: Foreshadowing the Implementation of the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA

1181 WordsFeb 23, 20185 Pages
In modern time, the United States is looked at as a country that has an ability to overcome adversity. However, in the middle of the nineteenth century, the civil war proved to divide the nation. When the nation finally came back together, it was broken again shortly after. On April 15th, 1865 the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. This was the first successful attempt to have a president assassinated while in office. After unsuccessful attempts, the first successful assassination of the president pointed out gaping flaws in the government. The first and most obvious flaw was the lack of secret service which provides the president with protection. Also, Lincoln’s assassination exposed the inability for the government to successfully investigate a crime of large magnitude quickly and successfully. Upon further investigation into John Wilkes Booth, it is evident he was not acting alone, and had larger plans to sabotage the government showing the need for a government intelligence agency. Booth and his group’s elaborate plot to take down Lincoln succeeded, sending America into a panic. Among the panic and horror that came with the assassination came the foreshadowing that America needed better presidential protection as well as a centralized investigating entity. After defeating confederate states in the civil war, the northern states were in jubilation. In the nations capital, people were seen drinking

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