Effects Of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He was assassinated by well known stage actor John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while Abraham attending a play, “Our American Cousin,” at the ford theater in Washington D, C. This paper will examine the reason behind the assassination which were victory of the North in Civil War, and the rumor that Lincoln was going to abolish slavery. Therefore, Booth decided to kill Abraham Lincoln who was the symbol of the Union and Freedom. The event had a profound impact on the United States. The political leadership in the North was horrified, the public were flustered. The response was not so surprising some of those there today will retain a memory of the assassination of another great American leader. The news of the death of Abraham Lincoln took many hours to spread across the American continent. Conversely, the reaction of the people who saw no repeated footage of the assassin act was far more emotionally furious. The intension…show more content…
The attitude of people towards Lincoln changed radically after his murder. It was an occasion when the whole nation was perhaps for the first time facing such a calamity where everyone had been forced to think about the changing political situation of the country. At the same time, Lincoln’s funeral rites and processions were done on such a large and grand scale that people starting to look at him in a different light. It was because of the symbolism that these funeral rites projected that the people started to raise Lincoln to a higher level. Even though people did not like him and his policies, there was an element of sympathy and people automatically started to show their affection for their President who was murdered so brutally and so publically. Plus, when Lincoln was killed, the nation was already in a state of sharp emotions, and this allowed for an even increased impact of his death upon the
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