John_Wilkes_Booth - Columbia State John Wilkes Booth The American Actor Simran Daswani Communications 2025 Mr Daniel L Johnson Daswani 1 John Wilkes

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Columbia State John Wilkes Booth The American Actor Simran Daswani Communications 2025 Mr. Daniel L. Johnson October 26, 2020
Daswani 1 John Wilkes Booth will always be remembered as Lincoln’s assassin. But he was also widely known as an actor. He was passionately supporting the southern cause and was very outspoken advocating for slavery and how much he hated Lincoln. America’s dearly beloved 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, was killed. On April 14, 1865, Booth shot him behind the head using a derringer which was a 44-caliber pistol. This event impacted U.S. presidential history forever as Lincoln became the very first president assassinated. I think the impact Booth created will make America remember that time forever. To this day, this event is still discussed and the conspiracy theories that have brought attention to this intense story of history are what keeps this subject alive. Booth is someone America will always remember for his work, what he stood for and his actions. Booth was born on May 10, 1838. He was the ninth out of ten children and was born into one of the most distinguished acting families of the nineteenth century of the U.S. His father was Junius Brutus Booth, an English immigrant with a reputation for heavy drinking ( Biography.com) . He and his siblings were raised on a farm that was taken care of by slaves. He went to an all-boys boarding school and the people around him described him as handsome and knew he would soon follow his father’s footsteps with his charismatic presence. Booth’s brother Edwin was widely known as a tragedian, remembered as one of the greatest performers of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and was second to him. Booth showed lots of talent in theatre at a young age but showed signs of emotional instability. He played minor roles in Philadelphia until 1859, when he joined a Shakespearean stock company in Richmond, Virginia. He played as the lead in the production of William Shakespeare’s Richard III in Ne w York City debuting in 1862 ( Biography.com) . Booth’s was on the rise with his career but took a temporary leave due to
Daswani 2 respiratory illness in 1863. Fun fact, Abraham Lincoln saw him on stage when he performed The Marble Heart at Ford’s theater. In 1859, Booth joined the Virginia militia showing his support for slavery. He joined the Know-nothing party, which believed that immigration should be limited when entering the U.S. Even during the Civil War, Booth became a secret agent for the Confederacy. So while Booth, was on a break with acting he got involved with a plot to kidnap President Lincoln. His plot was to kidnap Lincoln, bring to Richmond, and demand peace or he free the confederate soldiers. He had six other men helping him, but the plan failed in 1865 at Washinton, D.C., because the president was not in the location they thought he would be at. Out of frustration and the Union side winning, Booth decided to take a more extreme approach. On April 14th, 1865, Lincoln was shot behind the head at Ford’s Theatre ( Biography.com) . Booth had more to his plan than just Lincoln. He planned to shoot three more Union leaders like Vice

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