In the spring of 1865, after a long day of meetings, Abraham Lincoln alongside his wife Mary, took to the theater. While Lincoln knew that he had a lot of enemies and had even thought there was a good chance he would be assassinated, he had no idea that his life was about to end.
John Wilkes Booth was an anchor and charismatic ladies man as well as an impenitent racist. His hatred for Lincoln burned so strong it was obsession. He stressed over the details for months… working out accomplices in the mission. It started as a kidnapping plan… and lead to a much deadlier conclusion.
Ok… here’s my thing about Lincoln. He is my all time favorite president. And here was my uneducated reasons why:
1. freeing of the slaves
2. He was the 16th president and 16 in my favorite number
3. He was honest
After listening to this audio I realize – I did not know him at all. He was only 56 when he died. More surprisingly to me… Booth was 26.
I did not know about all the background of Booth and the Lincoln conspiracy. Out of their three sons, I had not realized that 3 had died by the age of 18. And while I suspected the toll this took on Mary (Todd) Lincoln I did not to the point that after her third child’s death their remaining son put her in a home.
What I am saying here is I found this audio to be very informative and interesting. I learned much about Lincoln’s life, General Grant, and John Wilkes Booth.
I leave this audio feeling like I now know more about the president I adored from afar.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map has been updated to include Killing Lincoln
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