Poff-Final Paper.pdf - POFF1 Grace Poff WLA Kyle McClure \u201cSic Semper Tyrannis\u201d The Lesser Known Story of John Wilkes Booth \u201cRight or wrong God

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POFF1 Grace PoffWLAKyle McClureDecember 18, 2018“Sic Semper Tyrannis”: The Lesser Known Story of John Wilkes Booth“Right or wrong, God judge me, not man. For be my motive good or bad, of one thing Iam sure, the lasting condemnation of the North”- John Wilkes Booth (Assassin in the Spotlight)The assassination of the sixteenth president of the United States of America, Abraham Lincoln,is not only a commonly known event in American History but it is a staple moment whenspeaking in terms of the Civil War as well. While we know and discuss plenty about Lincoln, weseldom bring to light his assassin; John Wilkes Booth. Who was John Wilkes Booth? What werehis motives? What drove him to make that fateful decision to end the president's life? Why didhe choose to execute his plan in the fashion he did? Who helped him along the way? What cameof him and his co-conspirators? In short, John Wilkes Booth assassinated President AbrahamLincoln due to his pro-confederacy views and potentially psychological issues involving hisfather. It is more likely, due to lack of evidence for the opposing case, that it was Booth’s radicalconfederate ideals that led to the assassination but it is truly up for speculation and interpretation.Approximately twenty-seven years before the murder of Abraham Lincoln, John WilkesBooth was born on May 10, 1838, on a 150-acre farm just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Hewas the ninth child out of ten born to Mary Ann Holmes and Junius Brutus Booth. His familysituation was untraditional, at best. His father, Junius, had left his wife and child in England torun off with Mary Ann Holmes to America. Mary Ann Holmes and Junius Brutus Booth thenhad ten children out of wedlock. Booth’s parents were not legally married until his thirteenth
POFF2 birthday when Junius’s first wife had found out about the second family and divorced him. Hismother and father’s previous child had died, and Booth quickly became his mother’s favoritechild and was pampered as so. In his childhood, John Wilkes Booth could be described asrestless and he had a taste for pulling pranks that frequently got him into trouble. He really wasnot great academically, but he had a large admiration for Shakespeare playwrights. Specifically,“Julius Ceaser”(Wilson 56). He had also been involved in radical politics since a young age. Forexample, in his teenage years, Booth was apart of an anti-immigrant party called the ‘KnowNothings.’ and later in his life during the beginning of the wartime, he witnessed the execution ofa man named John Brown. This was a significant event in John Wilkes Booth’s life because itdisplayed to him the “changing of history through a single violent act” (Assassin in theSpotlight).

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