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Yankee Times


Why Kill Lincoln?

By SL
Civil War Reporter


"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." -Abraham Lincoln
I have heard several claims that Lincoln was insane. Why are these claims not directed on his assassin? John Wilkes Booth is a deranged man, whose only motive was some kind of delayed vengeance. He wasn't even directly impacted by Lincoln's actions in the war. Though he did manage to gather supporters for this murder, Booth’s plan was not carried out well. What kind of assassin walks right up to someone in public and just shoots them? Yet, through all of this, we claim that Lincoln was the insane one. Lincoln was able to pull our country back together after the Civil War. We could not have done that on our own.

The problems of Reconstruction are not Lincoln’s fault. It is natural for a country that split up, fought itself, and then stitched itself back together to still hold hatred. If it were not for John Wilkes Booth, maybe the changes in the South could be dealt with better. As it stands, slavery is gone because of Lincoln and we owe the man who saved our country more credit than he is given. Point your fingers instead at the person who deprived this country of a great leader who believed in “charity for all”.

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