The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
On 9 April 1865 the American Civil War ended. Two days later President Abraham Lincoln made a speech to a crowd of people who had come to the White House to listen to him. During this speech the President said that some African Americans should be allowed to vote at elections.
Statue of Abraham Lincoln, Washington D.C (Getty Images)
One of Lincoln's listeners was an actor named John Wilkes Booth, who was a racist. Booth hated Lincoln and was bitter because the South had lost the war, and decided to take revenge. He and a group of other Southern racists had already planned to kidnap the President the year before, but had not succeeded.
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, USA. (Lefft to right) Sculptures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln represent the first 150 years of the history of the United States (Getty Images)
(a) Who did what?
(b) Find words in the text which mean the same as these definitions:
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On the website below you will find information on presidential assassinations and assassination attempts.
Find the right President:
1. His murderer suffered from psychiatric illness.
2. He was in a car when he was murdered.
3. He died eight days after he was shot.
4. He died the day after he was shot.
5. Two women tried to kill this President.
6. The men who tried to kill him were separatists.
7. The person who tried to kill him was fascinated by a movie star.
Presidential Assassinations and Assassination Attempts