It was on April 14, 1865 that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln went to see a play with his wife at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. During the play a man by the name of John Wilkes Booth snuck in and up the steps that lead to the balcony where Lincoln was sitting. He waited until there was a part in the play for the crowd to make noise and it was then that he shot President Lincoln in the back of his head. It is said that after shooting Lincoln in the back of the head, Booth jumped onto the stage from the balcony where Lincoln was sitting and shouted, “Sic semper tyrannis! (Ever thus to tyrants!) The South is avenged” and fled on horseback (history.com). Lincoln died the next morning.
John Wilkes Booth, born May 10, 1838, was an actor who performed throughout the country in many plays. He was the lead in some of William Shakespeare's most famous works. Additionally, he was a racist and Southern sympathizer during the Civil War. He hated Abraham Lincoln who represented everything Booth was against. Booth blamed Lincoln for all the South's ills. He wanted revenge.
Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination Just image oneself spending a nice evening at the theater, laughing with friends and then shots erupt and screams breakout, well that’s exactly what happened when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. No warning, not even a hint of what was to come of Lincoln, if only he had known maybe things would be different and maybe the world would have ended up in a different place.
The night of April 14th, 1865, the audience of Ford’s Theatre anticipated to see a normal performance of “Our American Cousin.” Little did they know what would they experience that night would change the path of American history. One of the most tragic presidential assassinations took place. President Lincoln was the first president to be assassinated in US history. Lincoln’s assassination took many steps, planning, preparation, kill the president, and finally get away. This was the time of the civil war and the South had just surrendered at the Appotomax in Northern Virginia. The Confederacy hated Lincoln because the government proscribed slavery, so a group of men took the risk of murdering the sixteenth president: John Wilkes Booth, George
Adam McVay 7th Hour Language Arts Mr. Janssen 6 April 2017 Abraham Lincoln Have you ever wondered what America would be like today if slavery still existed? Well, thanks to Abraham Lincoln, we don’t have to. Abe Lincoln, the United States’ 16th president, possibly left the biggest impact in America’s history to this day.
One of the most tragic moments throughout all American history in my opinion is the Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. With no surprise I am writing about certain event that occurred leading up to, during, and after this unfortunate event. This historical event is clouded with conspiracy but I will try to avoid specifics of that particular view.
An Analysis Over the Assassination of Abe Lincoln “Four score and seven years ago...” Abraham Lincoln was our 16th president and had his life taken after the North’s victory over the South; he lives on through these famous words of the Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln was an important leader in the Civil War who helped free the slaves; his legacy lives on today. Although he was assassinated his words and actions are imprinted in our memory still today. This assassination was a major event in the history of the United States, not only with the loss of a great president, but with the changes and implications that came with it.
We will be concerned with whether Abraham Lincoln succeeded in remaining indifferent and nonpartisan towards the South in his 2nd Inaugural Address. In what is considered one of the most distinguished Presidential commencement speeches on record, as well as the shortest in length at approximately 700 words, the "Great Emancipator" understood the Herculean task ahead of him in unifying the bisected country. By illustrating how slavery was the predominant cause of hostility that halved a nation, Lincoln expresses his eagerness for tranquility while heavily referencing the role of God in the Union's endeavor to create a more perfect republic. In seeking to ensure that the Confederate States would be welcomed back to the Union amiably, I will
Abraham Lincoln was the sixteenth president, and served during an incredibly fragile and monumental age in America’s growth. As president during the civil war, and creator of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, he was controversially viewed as either an innovator or a wrongdoer. In any light, his presidency and murder
He believed assassinating Lincoln would make him grander than the man, who according to Booth, was the “grandest character of the century”(83), John Brown. However when things played out otherwise, he was quite befuddled. Why wouldn’t political murder be greeted as an act of heroism? Booth was shocked to learn that what he assumed would be regarded as a courageous act of southern patriotism was covered in the press as a treasonous crime of an evil lunatic. This interpretation challenges the work of critics who have long believed that Booth’s strategy was sound, and executed accordingly. Yet some readers may still challenge the view that Booth is nothing but a misguided patriot whose actions had no effect on the “cause” he believed
Killing Lincoln is a marvelous book regarding the assassination of one of America’s most esteemed and famous President. This book shows different perspectives of the events during the Civil War that leads up to the assassination of President Lincoln. The book is a great tool to helping readers understand the true mindset of people during this horrific time. The book also shows how history could have possibly been changed by one important strategical move during the war. Killing Lincoln shows the plans and events of Lincoln’s assassination and the time after. The book will take a person into the story and grants them access into the minds of different people who were involved throughout the entire event.
The Assassination of President Lincoln The assassination of President Lincoln was so tragic because both Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth both believed they were doing the right thing. Abraham Lincoln wanted freedom for all because he believed that was right. He knew not everyone agreed and that was why America was having a Civil War but he felt that it was the right thing to do. John Wilkes Booth believed that there should be slaves in the south and did not agree with President Lincoln at all. He believed that everyone really agreed with his way of thinking but they were too scared to stop him. John Wilkes Booth thought he was doing the right thing he thought people would love and honor him for killing Lincoln. It’s interesting
Ford’s Theater was the setting of one of the saddest times in American history, Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Lincoln’s assassination is a well known event but did you know that John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, wasn’t the only one in on this killing, nor was Abraham Lincoln the only person
Logan Flanagan 22 March 2013 Negative Effects of the Lincoln Assassination Soon after President Abraham Lincoln died on Good Friday, April 15, 1865, the fatal bullet with which he was murdered was removed. Dr. Curtis, one of the doctors who performed the procedure, later wrote, “‘There it [the bullet] lay upon the white china, a little black mass no bigger than the end of my finger—dull, motionless and harmless, yet the cause of such mighty changes in the world’s history as we may perhaps never realize’” (Swanson 135). The doctor was correct in his statement that Lincoln’s death would have substantial and far-reaching effects. The assassination of the sixteenth president of the United States of America had many negative results that
Abraham Lincoln was shot in the back of the head on April 14, 1865. He was at a play “Our American Cousin” in the Ford Theater. John Wilkes Booth was the one that shot him. After he shot him he jumped from the balcony and broke his leg. He hobbled away in a dramatic manner. When he was hobbling away Booth screamed out “Sic semper tyrannis.”