In this memorial book, it talks about Abraham Lincoln, his beliefs, his triumphs. Most of it was quotes of his, and one stuck out to me. It gives me a side of him that really shows that he was outspoken about his beliefs, and that he was ready to die for it. When I was trying to answer this question I wanted to understand how both Abraham's life was and how John Wilkes Booth's life was, and I think this memorial showed through his quotes exactly why a man such as Booth would set out to kill him. He wanted good for America, he wanted to end slavery, even if he understood how horrendous backlash would be. The quote that I mentioned was a small quote saying, "I may not see the end (to slavery), but it will come." -Abraham Lincoln, 1860. In the memorial, it has his quotes, thoughts and accounts of Abraham from his friends and family. They had nothing but good to say of him, about how he was a true patriot because he wanted everyone in the country; and not just white wealthy men; to be free and independent. I can understand why this would anger Southerners, who probably believed he was the least patriotic man in America.
Like I said before, I wanted to answer this question with both sides in mind. I wanted to know the life of Abraham Lincoln, but I also wanted to know the life and possible motives for this assassination other than the obvious reason of Abraham opposing what the south believed in the Civil War and ending slavery. In this book, it discusses the crime committed, the life of John Wilkes Booth, and how he died a short time after the assassination. I mostly focused in on the actual murder, because most of the book was relating to this. John Wilkes Booth was a successful actor in the south, who was usually very well received in these parts. But, John was not particularly accepted in Northern states, and this did anger him. The assassination was not a very planned procedure. He had really only planned a little bit before, but he had planned to instead of killing Abraham Lincoln, but to kidnap him. This plan was foiled because Lincoln changed his plans to go to the theater. But this change of plans happened around the same time as the Civil War ending, which led Booth to be truly pushed over his limit. He decided to kill the president. the assassination started off in Washington, DC. John Wilkes Booth entered the theater early in the day to check with the ticket seller. He was informed that Lincoln would be there later on, so he left on his horse and returned later. He did the same thing later, and came up to the ticket booth, had a casual conversation, and walked in. He entered, and walked up to Lincoln's booth. Being a well known actor, people didn't question him when he walked up to the president's booth. He walked up to the guard, and the guard warned him he shouldn't be there, but Booth didn't listen and went in anyway. He took one look at Lincoln in the box seats, and put his gun to the back of his head. He shoots him, says "Sic Semper tyrannis- Virginia is avenged" and ran. He ran, and hid in a farm. The police couldn't find him for a few hours, but eventually they found him in the barn, and started to burn it down. He refused to leave the burning building, and was shot by one of the police. He was left in the building to burn.
After reading older accounts of the assassination, reading a newer account of it helped to connect all of the information I had already read about, and cleared up the facts that I wasn't sure were quite true from the older sources. Some of what I read in the books could have been based on different opinions since they were written about at the time of the murder. In this, it was a very straight to the point writing about what happened during the assassination. The assassination took place in the Ford Theater in Washington DC. When he murdered Lincoln, he screamed out "Sic semper tyrannis", which translates directly to "Ever thus to tyrants". He said this because it was the southern belief that what Abraham Lincoln was doing was close to the tyranny that King George the III put upon America a few years before. In the planning for the kidnapping, John teamed up with three other men, Samuel Arnold, Michael O'Laughlin, and John Surratt. Since their plan was ruined, they broke it off. But, he made a small plan with a man named Lewis Paine. Lewis planned to break into the home of the Secretary of State and stab him. He successfully did this, but it is usually not remembered because Lincoln was killed on the same day. After checking all of these sources, I have answered my question pretty fully. His unpopularity in the northern states, the ending of the Civil War with the southerners surrendering, and his ruined plan for kidnapping. He killed Lincoln, and was ready to die right after.