President Lincoln's killer and the America he left behind : the assassin, the crime, and its lasting blow to freedom and equality

by Gunderson, Jessica,

Format: Print Book 2018
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Northland Public Library Children's Nonfiction J 973.7 G95
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Nonfiction
Call Number  J 973.7 G95
Abraham Lincoln was watching a play at Ford's Theatre when a gunman crept up from behind and fired at the president's head. As Lincoln crumpled with a terrible wound, the shooter leapt from the balcony and fled before a shocked audience. He was John Wilkes Booth, a well-known stage actor, and he imagined himself a hero avenging the South's defeat in the Civil War. Soldiers searched for Booth as Lincoln suffered long hours before dying. There would be no reversing the results of the war, but Lincoln's death put the cause of freedom and equality in danger. His presidency had been cut short, and even today the country lives with the effects of his assassination.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "With lively, narrative-driven text and plenty of primary source material neatly woven through, these entries in the Assassins' America series profile presidents and their assassins, offer illuminating context, and consider how those assassinations affected the trajectory of U.S. history. With a detailed description of events, President Lincoln's Killer helpfully ties the Lincoln assassination to the failure of the Restoration and the consequent necessity of the twentieth-century civil rights movement. Engagingly written with an emphasis on high drama and characterization, these will definitely appeal to readers who favor fiction, though they'll come away with plenty of facts at the same time.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Assassins' America.
Subjects Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination -- Juvenile literature.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865 -- Juvenile literature.
Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865 -- Assassination.
Booth, John Wilkes, -- 1838-1865.
Publisher North Mankato, Minnesota :Compass Point Books,2018
Audience Ages 9-15.
Language English
Description 64 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 61-62) and index.
ISBN 9780756557201
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