Resources: The Lincoln Assassination

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John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre as the president and his wife, Mary, were watching a comedy with their friends, Maj. Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris. Lincoln’s bodyguard had gone to a nearby saloon to drink, and the president’s valet let the famous actor enter the theater box. (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division)

To support the Newseum’s exhibit on The New York Herald‘s coverage of President Lincoln’s assassination in April 1865, the Education Department has created a companion activity you can use during your visit.

This lesson plan focuses on coverage of the assassination and the idea that newspapers are the first draft of history. Help your students explore the challenges of covering breaking news in the 1860s and today. Then, show them how to synthesize their work and get published on the Newseum Education blog!

To schedule a field trip to the Newseum, call (202) 292-6650 or visit Plan a Field Trip for additional information.

“President Lincoln Is Dead: The New York Herald Reports the Assassination” is on display through Jan. 10, 2016.

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