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Season 1 Episode 112

The Lincoln Assassination

Aired Unknown Jun 21, 2010 on The History Channel
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The Lincoln Assassination
The Lincoln Assassination is The History Channel documentary that goes behind the assassination of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The legendary President was an outspoken opponent of slavery, issuing his famous Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and passing the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which abolished slavery. In 1864, Lincoln was struck down by an assassin. A well-known actor and Confederate spy, John Wilkes Booth, had been formulating a plan to kidnap the President to get Confederate prisoners released. When he saw a speech where Lincoln was promoting voting rights for blacks, he changed his plans and decided to kill the President. When Lincoln was at Ford Theater, Booth found his opportunity when the President was left unguarded in his state box. Lincoln was shot at point-blank range and died hours later. Now The History Channel revisits the story to try to untangle the myths, as well as explain the emotional state of the country that brought such a violent act.moreless
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