John Wilkes Booth Final - LA\/SS CIVIL WAR RESEARCH John Wilkes Booth By Alainna Stallings Alainna Stallings LA\/SS Civil War Research John Wilkes Booth

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LA/SS CIVIL WAR RESEARCH John Wilkes Booth By Alainna Stallings
Alainna Stallings LA/SS Civil War Research John Wilkes Booth Without any question, most people have a very clear and distinct picture of John Wilkes Booth in their minds. Yes, he was known for killing one of our U.S presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The real question is, how did he do it, when did he do it and where did he do it? John Wilkes Booth, a Southern racist man, killed our nation’s most beloved president in an attempt to gain respect to a surrendered nation. He is best known for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the 16 th President of the United States. From the very moment that Booth pulled the trigger, the victors of the Civil War had a new enemy in their hands. But who was John Wilkes Booth? Most people only see him as once a deadly assassin, not as one of the most popular and famous actors of his time. But how did this all arise? A close examination of facts, however, paint a different view of Booth, a picture that is far less black and white, but a picture with many shades of gray (Help me) John Wilkes Booth was born in May 10, 1838 in Bel-Air, Maryland (“John Wilkes Booth Biography”) He was the second youngest of ten children of Junius Booth and Mary Ann Holmes. John’s parents were British and had moved to the United States in 1821. John lived on a farm which the Booth family had slaves (Swanson pg. 5). John’s father Junius was one of the most famous actors on the American stage although he had a harsh personality (Help me). Junius had problems with alcohol and spells of madness. (Swanson pg.10) As a young man, John attended several private schools including a boarding school operated by Quakers at Cockeysville. (Swanson pg. 13)
Alainna Stallings LA/SS Civil War Research However, Booths father soon died when he was fourteen years old. Soon thereafter, he decided that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and to be an actor (Swanson pg. 20) He

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