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U.S. Presidents Study and Activities
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The class will discuss John Wilkes Booth’s reasons for killing Abraham Lincoln along with his preparations that fateful day of April 14, 1865 when the actor discovered the president's plan to attend the play just hours earlier. Why did Booth opt for revenge when the war seemed over? We’ll also discuss his eight co-conspirators and their roles and fates. Mary Surratt’s last words on the gallows – “Don’t let me fall.” Finally, we’re discuss why Lincoln should be considered our greatest...
Students will expand their understanding of one of the pivotal moments of our nation's history beyond the many "fakenews" perpetuated in history books. That broken ankle? Happened when a horse fell on Booth's leg in the swamp outside town, not on the stage. It's the details in the story that show why it happened and what it meant.
The story is often told through Lincoln's perspective. I tell it via the assassin's. Maybe it's because I'm a distant relative of John Wilkes Booth and co-conspirator Mary Surratt and even live a few miles from the Mudd House in Southern Maryland. Booth's reasons provides a fuller understanding of the Civil War. I'm a lifelong storyteller as a newspaper journalist of 42 years and a tour guide for 10 years. I often take students on a walking tour of the day's events so I'm used to make it fun to hear.
No homework assigned, but read James Swanson's "Manhunt" for a better understanding of Booth and the assassination's aftermath.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
30 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will discuss how the assassination occurred and other violence in the story, though not in graphic detail.
Expanding history with a fun twist
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
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I’m a Washington journalist and tour guide who brings storytelling of U.S. history to Outschool. I’ve taught nearly 500 students over two years about U.S. Presidents and First Ladies, Founding Fathers, George Washington’s spies, Sons of Liberty,...