4 ways that John Wilkes Booth affected history?

Brittany asked:

Can anybody think of 4 ways that John Wilkes Booth affected history? I know that he assasinated Lincoln but I can’t think of anything else spectacular that he did. Or should I list 4 things that Lincoln would have done if he had not been assasinated by John Wilkes Booth? And if so, what do you think he would have done?

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2 Responses to “4 ways that John Wilkes Booth affected history?”

  1. Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

    I would go with what Lincoln would have done!

    Here’s the thing. Booth thought that if he assassinated Lincoln he would be hailed as a hero to the south. And that’s why he yelled “Sic Semper Tyrannis”. But when he was hiding in the swamps, he was given a newspaper, and he seen how much the South was appalled and devastated by Lincoln’s murder.

    It’s is no doubt in any historian’s mind that Lincoln would have made Reconstruction easier. But the very fact that Lincoln had been murdered, made the North extremely bitter and angry, and did not let the South off as easily.

  2. B. Nash says:

    1) Killed President Lincoln
    2) Caused Andrew Johnson to be President
    3) Brought shame to the South
    4) Set back civil rights for a hundred years

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