Children's Literature - Greg M. RomaneckOn April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot and mortally wounded while attending a play at Ford's Theater in Washington. Lincoln's murderer, John Wilkes Booth, fled from the scene of the crime only to be tracked down and himself mortally wounded by Union cavalrymen twelve days later. The story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination is a well-known tragedy in American history. In addition, the murder of President Lincoln was also a turning point in U.S. history, as it set the stage for an even more embittered post-war climate than might have occurred if Wilkes' plot had been foiled. In The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, youngsters are provided a thoughtful reconstruction of both the assassination plot and the earlier life of President Lincoln. Throughout the text, period illustrations are included to enlighten readers. Taken as a whole, this elementary level work is one that will go a long way toward explaining one of the great crimes in American history, its aftermath, and implications.
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