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April 25, 2016HIUS 221-D15“John Wilkes Booth: Assassin in the Spotlight,” in Biography(A&E Television Networks), 45:41minsJohn Wilkes Booth was born near Baltimore, Maryland on May 10, 1838 to Mary Ann Holmes and Junius Brutus Booth. His parents came to the United States in 1821 and in doing so Junius Brutus left behind a wife and child in England. This secret was exposed when his wife came to Baltimore in 1848. Soon after, they were divorced allowing Junius Brutus and Mary Annto get married on John Wilkes' thirteenth birthday. After the death of his father, John Wilkes Booth chose to take up an acting career as his father had before him. In 1855, at the age of seventeen, he began acting at the Arch Street Theater in Philadelphia. He left the Arch Street Theatre in 1858. In the fall of that same year, John Wilkes Booth moved to Richmond, VA and started acting at the Richmond Theatre where he became more widely recognized. John Wilkes firmly believed that the country was intended for whites and that abolishing slavery would destroy it. Because of these beliefs he was known as a racist.