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HIUS 221AMERICANHISTORYINVIDEOTEMPLATEHIUS 221-B14"John Wilkes Booth: Assassin in the Spotlight," in Biography (A&E Television Networks); 45:41minsThis video provides a discussion of the life of John Wilkes Booth, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the outcome in twelve final days. John Wilkes Booth wasborn the ninth child of ten children on May 10, 1838, to Mary Ann Holmes and Junius Brutus Booth. Booth's father was a great actor in American theater. For almost thirty years, Junius Brutus secretly hid the fact that he left a living wife and child in England to move to America in 1821 with Mary Ann. The double life of Junius Brutus was exposed by his first wife in 1848 when she came to Baltimore, Maryland. After a divorce, Junius Brutus and Mary Ann married on John Wilkes' thirteenth birthday. Eighteen months later, Junius Brutus Booth died. At the age of seventeen, John Wilkes followed in the steps of his father and pursued an acting career. He became a great actor who was loved for his handsome looks, elegant dress, andbeautiful voice. In 1858, Booth went to Richmond, Virginia and lived there for two years. On October 16, 1859, an abolitionist named John Brown led a raid on a government armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia.