by John Wilkes Booth
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Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from Shakespeare’s historical play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the titular Roman dictator faces death and betrayal on the Ides of March.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Excerpt from the Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” and ask students to discuss similarities between Brutus and Booth in regards to how they view tyranny and their role in preventing it.
A Nation Divided: North vs. South
“A Nation Divided: North vs. South” discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy during the American Civil War.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “A Nation Divided: North Vs. South” and ask students to discuss the how the deep divides in the nation manipulated and motivated Booth to murder on behalf of the Confederacy. How would killing Lincoln help the cause of the South?
An Excerpt From The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4
“The Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4” explores the story of mankind’s first murder, in which Cain kills his brother after the Lord is more pleased with Abel’s offering than his.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “An Excerpt from the Story of Cain and Abel from Genesis 4” and ask students to discuss whether the comparison that Booth draws between himself and Abel is appropriate. What does background on Cain’s story reveal about Booth?
President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
- President Abraham Lincoln
In “President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address,” President Lincoln discusses the causes of the American Civil War and what will be required to repair the nation.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address” and ask students to view Booth’s actions in light of Lincoln’s vision for the country after the end of the Civil War. Both men invoke God in their speeches. Why did they do so? How did they utilize God to help prove their arguments?
Austrian Heir and Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing
- The Washington Herald
The informational text “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” provides two reports from The Washington Herald on the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Austrian Heir and his Wife Shot to Death After Escaping Bombing” and ask students to discuss how violence has been used in the past to create political change. How does Booth’s thoughts on his crime compare to Cabrinovitch and Prinzip?
Assassination of the President
- Evening Star
On April 14, 1965, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theatre. Lincoln would die the following day.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Assassination of the President” to provide students with a very different perspective on Lincoln’s assassination. How does Booth perceive his actions? Why does Booth feel that his actions were justified? Does reading his own words change your perception of him or of his actions?
Lamb to the Slaughter
- Roald Dahl
In “Lamb to the Slaughter,” Roald Dahl tells the story of a woman betrayed by her husband and her violent retaliation.Pair “Last Diary Entry of John Wilkes Booth” with “Lamb to the Slaughter” and ask students to compare Booth with Mary. In what ways did they feel betrayed? How did they appear to be effected by the crimes they committed?