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The Death of Abraham Lincoln DBQ Dave Klippel, Discovery Academy DBQ Directions: • Read the DBQ question. Do you understand exactly what is being asked?• What prior knowledge do you have about the following issues?o The Civil War o The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln o John Wilkes Booth o Reaction of Americans to the murder of their President• Now, look at the documents. Note that each one has its own section. Study each question and highlight any information that will help you to answer the main DBQ question.• Each document is followed by a single question. Write a short response to each of the questions in the space provided.• When you finish studying all of the documents, advance to part B of the DBQ question.o Finally, write a 5 paragraph essay that answers the DBQ question.Historic Background: Abraham Lincoln was the first President of the United States to be assassinated (murdered) while in office. Lincoln was first elected to the presidency in 1860. With his election the state of America as a nation became unsettled. The issue of slavery was threatening to tear apart the Union. On December 20th, North Carolina officially seceded (left) the Union. Within months, 10 more southern states left as well. As Lincoln entered office, threats of assassination were everywhere. Shortly after his inauguration, the Civil War broke out. Destined to be the bloodiest of all American wars, the Union battled the Confederacy for four long years. The two key issues of the war were States’ rights to do as they pleased (in opposition of the federal government), and slavery. During the course of the war, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, effectively ending slavery when the war was over. Lincoln was re- elected in 1864, as the Union army began to turn the tide of the war. The Confederacy eventually surrendered on April 9, 1865. Abraham Lincoln would not live to see another week.Tasks: For Part A: Read each document carefully and answer the questions after each document.For Part B: Use your answers from Part A, information from the documents, and your prior knowledge related to these issues to write a well organized 5 paragraph essay. In that essay please address the following DBQ question:DBQ Question: Many emotions and events swept across the nation immediately following the shooting of Abraham Lincoln. Given that the crisis of the Civil War had ended only days earlier, what, in your opinion, was the impact of his death upon America as a whole? Use details from the reading to support your ideas. Add relevant information from your personal knowledge.
Document 1: On the evening of April 14, 1865 Abraham Lincoln, his wife Mary, and another couple, Major Henry Rathbone and his future wife, Miss Clara Harris, attended a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The group sat in a private balcony box 11 feet above and to the right of the stage.