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Lincoln's last day, to find answers concerning the last day of
Lincoln's life and his
The Chicago Historical Society
the Crime" tells the story of the assassination.
Lincoln Spectacles at his assassination, from the Library of
Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. on April
14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of spectacles and a lens
polisher, a pocketknife, a watch fob, a linen handkerchief, and
a brown leather wallet containing a five-dollar Confederate note
and nine newspaper clippings, including several favorable to the
president and his policies. Given to his son Robert Todd upon
Lincoln's death, these everyday items, which through association
with tragedy had become like relics, were kept in the Lincoln
family for more than seventy years. They came to the Library in
1937 as part of the gift from Lincoln's granddaughter, Mary
Lincoln Isham, whose gift included several books and
daguerreotypes, a silver inkstand, and Mary Todd Lincoln's
seed-pearl necklace and matching bracelets.
(From the Library of Congress)
Go to Wikipedia for full details of the
Answers can be found in this short story of the assassination.
QUICK REVIEW LINCOLN
1. The story of the assassination is well known, but why was it
a "conspiracy?" Go to this page
and make a list of three of the theories of conspiracy that
Flyer for the Our American Cousin comedy at Ford Theater, from the
Library of Congress.
Polkinhorn & Sons 
was supposed to go with the Lincolns to Ford Theatre, but
3. John Wilkes Booth was in the audience to hear President Lincoln's
last speech. Why did Booth get so worked up over the President's
4. Which other governmental officers were on the assassination list?
5. Why didn't the other assassinations get accomplished?
6. What did Booth yell when he jumped from the balcony to the stage?
7. How were Booth and the other participants in the assassination
caught? What happened to each?
8. What did
President Lincoln say in his Second Inauguration that angered John
Wilkes Booth so much?
9. Describe what
Lincoln's plan for the South included?
10. Did the
President receive murder-threats before the assassination?