Why did Abraham Lincoln get assasinated?  

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When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the Civil War was already over.  His assassination didn't do the South any good.  Essentially, it was an act of revenge.

Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865.  His assassin was the famous actor John Wilkes Booth.  Booth was a die-hard Confederate from Virginia.  He...

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When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the Civil War was already over.  His assassination didn't do the South any good.  Essentially, it was an act of revenge.

Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865.  His assassin was the famous actor John Wilkes Booth.  Booth was a die-hard Confederate from Virginia.  He blamed Lincoln for the war and for the way it had devastated his home state.  Because of this, he wanted to kill Lincoln (at first he wanted to kidnap him, but couldn't make a plan that would work).

Once he killed Lincoln, he made his escape, shouting "Sic semper tyrannis," which is the Virginia state motto and means "thus always to tyrants," indicating that he killed Lincoln because of what he saw as Lincoln's tyrannical actions towards the South.

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