A collage of photographs, newspapers and memorabilia related the death of Abraham Lincoln.
Collage created by Gary Erskine.

Student Activity: Reactions to Lincoln’s Assassination

How did people react when they learned of President Lincoln’s assassination?

On April 14, 1865, the actor, Confederate sympathizer, and white supremacist John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Lincoln died the following morning.

Immediately, word of Lincoln’s death spread around the United States and eventually circled the globe.

How did people react? In this activity, you’ll take a tour of the United States, exploring that question. What you’ll find may surprise you.

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