Why did John Wilkes Booth kill Abraham Lincoln?

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John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln because he was a fervent supporter of the Confederate cause and viewed Lincoln as a tyrant who needed to be stopped. Booth, a well-known actor with a flair for drama, was particularly incensed by Lincoln’s policies towards freed slaves. He and his co-conspirators believed that by killing Lincoln and other key figures, they could destabilize the North and potentially revive the Confederate cause.

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As the previous post says, Booth was a supporter of the Confederate cause who could not compel himself to join the Confederate Army.  His hatred for Lincoln was based on the fact that he viewed him as a tyrant and felt that he had to be stopped.  Some argue that he felt assassination was the perfect way for him to act on his feelings since he had a flair for drama (he was a pretty well known actor after all) but didn't feel it right to join the army to fight against him

He apparently saw Lincoln's efforts to extend the right to vote to freed slaves as the last straw and declared that he would silence the man for good.

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Booth was a Confederate sympathizer from Virginia who happened to live in Union territory, and he was upset that the South had lost the war.  He was a pretty well known actor for his time, but couldn't bring himself to enslit in the actual Confederate Army.

He and his band of co-conspirators thought that by assassinating Lincoln and other members of the government and military, he could 1) get revenge against the North, and the man who led them, and 2) give the South another chance to break away while the North was leaderless.

Not the most well thought out plan, but Booth drank a lot too.  He also wanted to make the assassination as dramatic as possible, choosing a theater where he had acted numerous times, and jumping on to the stage to yell "Sic Semper Tyranis" at the crowd before he ran out - which means "Ever so be it to Tyrants" in Latin.

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Why did Booth kill Lincoln?

John Wilkes Booth was a passionate supporter of the Confederacy as well as slavery in the South, although he never joined the Confederate Army himself. He was also an accomplished actor who enjoyed high levels of success and popularity in the South. Booth (along with co-conspirators John Surratt, Michael O'Laughlin, and Samuel Arnold) was originally involved in a plot to kidnap Lincoln and deliver him to officials in the South. However, the kidnapping plot failed on two separate occasions.

Enraged by the surrender of the Confederate Army, John Wilkes Booth desired to eliminate Abraham Lincoln, whom he viewed as a tyrant. Booth also felt that Lincoln's Reconstruction policies, which included extending the vote to African Americans, would destroy the South. Motivated by political zeal and a desire for revenge, Booth successfully shot Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865; Lincoln died at 7:22 am the next morning.

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