The Actor Who Killed the President

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One of the darkest in the history of America is about the murder of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is the 16th President of the United States, and his life was ended by the hand of tyranny. Moreover, the tyrant himself is a famous stage play actor, John Wilkes Booth.

The story about the murder is much related to the American Civil War. The fierce battles between the North and the South. The one who despises slavery and the one who supports slavery. Booth, who wants to keep slavery exists, along with the supremacy tyrants.

The Actor Who Killed the President

The Actor Who Killed the President

Past life

John W. Booth was born in Bel Air on May 10, 1838, as the 9th child among 10 siblings. His father was an actor for stage plays, and John followed his father’s footsteps and became an actor too. When he was 17, he played in one of Shakespeare’s stage plays, Richard III.

In 1862, John started his debut as the main character in Richard II story, in New York’s stage. He received many compliments as a newcomer, but in the next year, he fell ill because of respiratory disease and made him absent from the stage for a while.

The Actor Who Killed the President

The Actor Who Killed the President

Politic, Conspiracy, and the Murder of President

John Wilkes Booth was also interested in the political world, and he joined a party named Know Nothing. It is a party that despises immigration to the United States.

Booth also a man who supports slavery, and he was the one who helped Virginia Militia to catch and execute John Brown, a man who wants to eradicate slavery. During the Civil War (1861 – 1865), Booth also acted as a secret agent for the South, The Confederate.

Lincoln issued martial law in Maryland as an effort to prevent that state from separating from the United States. In 1865, Booth and 6 Confederate supporters tried to kidnap the President but failed. This made Booth want to do something more extreme and good at

On April 14, 1865, Lincoln and his wife attended a theatre stage play in Washington, and Booth saw this as an opportunity. He went to the President’s balcony and shot him in the back of his head with a 44. Caliber handgun. He jumped from the balcony to the stage and yelled: “Sic Semper Tyrannis,” which means “Thus always to tyrants.”

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