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I.B. Internal Assessment Assess the role that Mary Surratt had in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. International Baccalaureate History (HL) Internal Assessment 2018 Villanova Preparatory School gtj701 6 April 2018 Word Count: 2,198
1 Table of Contents Section 1: Identification and Evaluation of Resources………………………………………2 Section 2: Investigation………………………………………………………………………….4 Section 3: Reflection………………………………………………………………………8 Bibliography…………………………………………………………………………………….10
2 Section 1: Identification and Evaluation of Resources The investigation will investigate the question: “Assess the role that Mary Surratt had in the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” The focal years of this examination is between 1864 to 1865, being that Surratt opened a boarding house in the year of 1864- the house being crucial evidence linking her to Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. The first source being analyzed are key witness accounts from Surratt’s trial which proceeded on May 9, 1865. The next source selected is a secondary source, written by TIME magazine writer Erin Blakemore. Often, in secondary sources, if the event has taken place many years back, the depictions have changed throughout time, but these testimonies are raw material which provides the investigation with reliable information on Mrs. Surratt. The magazine article helps to explain what each testimony means and how they are vital in assessing Surratt’s role in this murder trial. Source 1: Surratt House Museum: {transcript of} Testimony Relating to Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, 1865 The first source are key witness testimonies from Surratt’s trial in 1865 provided by the Surratt House Museum website. Being that this source derives from witnesses who knew Surratt personally, makes the origin of this source valuable because it provides historians with information secondary sources will not be able to contribute. However, a limitation the origin of the source brings is that background of the witnesses are not provided. Without background knowledge on who the witness is, the source is impaired because the historian does not know the relationship between Surratt and the witness. Without knowing relationship the witness had with Surratt, the historian is left to wonder if the witness sided or was against Mary Surratt. The content includes testimonies from Surratt’s trial; background on the Surratt House Museum;
3 background information on the Surratt family; and a biography on co conspirator, John Wilkes Booth. The purpose of this source is to provide historians with evidence from the trial which help to assess her role in the assassination. The value of the source is that it is a primary source which helps to prevent misleading information which can be found in secondary sources.

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