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The Assassination of Abraham LincolnHistory 221-003October 14, 2011Lincoln’s assassin, Booth, and his coalition thought that by assassinating Lincoln, they would be throwing the Federal Administration into disorder, thus assisting the South. However, “Booth may have killed the South's own last best chance at salvation,”1because he had just terminated the very person who tirelessly fought to bring generosity, leniency, and to restore 1 Spark Notes, “Abraham Lincoln,” (Accessed October 13, 2011).
"proper practical relation" to the South. His good deeds however, went a long way in uniting the nation.At Appomattox, after four long years of fighting and bloodshed between the North and the Confederates, General Robert E. Lee finally surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. Standing at the White House balcony a few days later, Lincoln delivered a speech. Lincoln declared his intentions to run for a second term, and extend voting privileges to blacks. Although many people came in support, some others showed with evil intentions in mind. These others included a seemingly failed actor and sympathizer of the South named John Wilkes Booth. Like many southerners, Lincoln’s plans for abolishing slavery and accommodating blacks in such an equal manner disgusted Booth. Booth’s original plan was to kidnap Lincoln, but Lincoln did not turn up at the designated location. However, this speech spurred Booth into emergency mode, and he decided to come up with a reckless plan to preserve the Confederacy; Booth decided to assassinate Lincoln along with all of his top political successors.