Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

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President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14 “good friday,” while attending the play Our American Cousin. The assesination ocurred five days after the commader of the conferederate army of Norther Virginia, general Robert surrender to Lieutenant general Ulysses S. Grant and the Union power of Potomac. Lincoln was the very first president of United States to be assesinated. Lincoln wanted to make everybody’s rights equal. Slavery was unacceptable for him. He tought it was cruel and that every single person deserved to be treated the same.

Abraham Lincoln’s killer, John Wilkes, was a Maryland native born in 1838 who remained in the North during the Civil War despite his Confederate sympathies. As the conflict entered its final stages, he and several associates hatched a plot to kidnap the president and take him to Richmond, the Confederate capital. However, on March 20, 1865, the day of the planned kidnapping, Lincoln failed to appear at the spot where Booth and his six fellow conspirators lay in wait. Two weeks later, Richmond fell to Union forces. In April, with Confederate armies near collapse across the South, Booth came up with a desperate plan to save the Confederacy.

Abraham Lincoln was a brave man. He believed that everybody deserved respect and to be treated equally. Because of that, we remember him as one of the heroes of United States.

http://teachingamericanhistory.org/library/document/oration-in-memory-of-abraham-lincoln/

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