History of the United States
Abraham Lincoln
John Wilkes Booth

Why did John Wilkes Booth assassinate Abraham Lincoln?

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2017-12-30 09:30:22

Because of his views on slavery, Abraham Lincoln inspired both

passionate supporters and equally vehement detractors. John Wilkes

Booth despised Lincoln's desire to end slavery; Booth supported the

Confederacy. After he assassinated Lincoln, Booth was surprised

that the public opposed what he had done. He expected to be

regarded as a hero.

He hoped to revive the spirit of the South and continue the War of

Northern Agression.

John Wilkes Booth originally planned to kidnap Lincoln but then

decided to shoot him.

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2016-08-23 17:56:44

John Wilkes Booth first planned on kidnapping President Lincoln.

When that plan seemed impossible, he decided to assassinate the US

president. His motive was revenge against the North and its

president, Abraham Lincoln.

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2009-09-01 05:22:08

Because of his views on slavery, Abraham Lincoln inspired both

passionate supporters and equally vehement detractors. John Wilkes

Booth despised Lincoln's desire to end slavery; Booth supported the

Confederacy. After he assassinated Lincoln, Booth was surprised

that the public opposed what he had done. He expected to be

regarded as a hero.


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