Ch.15 - 2 On John Wilkes Booth a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Fords Theatre in

Ch.15 - 2 On John Wilkes Booth a famous actor and...

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2 . On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Take in mind that this was just 5 days after General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. Booth had planned to kidnap Lincoln in Richmond with other associates, but that plan failed. Booth learned that Lincoln was going to attend a play at Ford’s theater in Washington D.C. and he masterminded a plot to assassinate Lincoln, which he successfully did and he thought this would throw the US government into disarray. Booth wanted to save the Confederacy. With the death of Abraham Lincoln, the presidency passed to his Vice President, Andrew Johnson, who, like Lincoln, believed that the process of restructuring the South lay in the hands of the Presidency. Johnson’s Amnesty Proclamation, delivered shortly

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