The April 29, 1865 edition of Harper's Weekly is a first edition description of the Assassination and Death of President Abraham Lincoln. We present below, for your research and perusal, the entire newspaper. Click on the thumbnails provided to be taken to the full, readable, rendition of that page."
Thoughts to consider:
Lincoln and JFK are often compared. The coincidences between them both are both uncanny and also flukish. Speak to your parents or grandparents, see if they remember when JFK was assassinated. Lincoln and JFK were charismatic leaders that weren't necessarily popular with the entire population, but certainly sought to enact a great deal of change. What kind of turmoil might a similar situation bring to the nation in the future? How might it have been worse considering the timing of Lincoln's assassination?
Finally, consider the words of Booth after shooting Lincoln, and their meaning: Sic semper tyrannis is a Latin phrase meaning "thus always to tyrants." It is sometimes mistranslated as "death to tyrants" or "down with the tyrant." While the phrase is attributed to Marcus Junius Brutus, the most famous figure in the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC, it is more probably a later dramatic invention, as Roman historians of the period did not record it. In American history, John Wilkes Booth shouted the phrase after shooting President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, in part because of the association with the assassination of Caesar. Timothy McVeigh was wearing a T-shirt with this phrase and a picture of Lincoln on it when he was arrested on April 19, 1995, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. The phrase was recommended by George Mason to the Virginia Convention in 1776, as part of the state's seal. The Seal of the Commonwealth of Virginia shows Virtue, spear in hand, with her foot on the prostrate form of Tyranny, whose crown lies nearby. The Seal was planned by Mason and designed by George Wythe, who signed the United States Declaration of Independence and taught law to Thomas Jefferson.