Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever Setting & Symbolism

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Ford's Theater

Ford's Theater was the site at which John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln.

Ford's Theater was a logical choice for Booth. Lincoln was known for his love of the theater and often attended plays with Mary and others as a form of relaxation and entertainment. Although the theater was located in the heart of Washington, Booth saw it as a perfect location.

"So the theater it will be. Booth has performed at several playhouses in Washington. He knows their hallways and passages by heart. A less informed man might worry about being trapped inside a building with a limited number of exits, no windows, and a crowd of witnesses—many of them able-bodied men just back from the war. But not John Wilkes Booth." Chap. 22, p. 119

John Wilkes Booth entered Ford's Theater during a production of "Our American Cousin," a play the Lincolns were eager...

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