Teaching Abraham Lincoln
The National Endowment for the Humanities EDSITEment Spotlight site on Abraham Lincoln offers teachers featured lessons plus links to essential resources for incorporating Lincoln into school curricula.

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
This government site offers large images of the handwritten text of Lincoln’s famous speech, along with transcripts.

Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
This mini-exhibit from the Library of Congress includes a gallery of illustrations from the time of Lincoln’s death.

Ford’s Theatre: A Virtual Tour
See the inside of the famous theater with a few clicks of your mouse.

Trial of the Lincoln Assassination Conspirators, 1865
Part of University of Missouri-Kansas City law school professor Douglas Linder’s Famous American Trials site, these pages profile the conspirators, offer a chronology and newspaper accounts, and more.

Surratt House Museum
Learn more about the Surratt family and the area through which John Wilkes Booth escaped, and access the transcripts of the conspirators’ trial.


Alford, Terry, ed. John Wilkes Booth: A Sister’s Memoir by Asia Booth Clarke. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1999.

Blight, David. Race and Reunion: The Civil War In America Memory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2002.

Donald, David Herbert. Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995.

Goodrich, Thomas. The Darkest Dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006.

Goodwin, Doris K. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Guelzo, Allen C. Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President. Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1999.

Holzer, Harold, Edna Greene Medford and Frank J. Williams. The Emancipation Proclamation: Three Views. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press: 2006.

Kauffman, Michael. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies. New York: Random House, 2004.

Kunhardt, Dorothy Meserve and Philip B. Kunhardt Jr. Twenty Days. New York: Castle Books, 1965.

McPherson, James M. Tried by War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief. New York: The Penguin Press, 2008.

Oates, Stephen B. With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers Inc., 1997.

Rhodehamel, John, and Louise Taper, ed. “Right or Wrong God Judge Me”: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.

Samples, Gordon. Lust for Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth. Jefferson: McFarland & Company Inc. Publishers, 1982.

Shenk, Joshua W. Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.

Smith, Gene. American Gothic: The Story of America’s Legendary Theatrical Family: Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.

Steers, Edward Jr. Blood on the Moon. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2001.

Swanson, James L. Manhunt: The Twelve-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.

Wilson, Douglas L. Lincoln’s Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words. New York: Knopf, 2006.

Winik, Jay. April 1865: The Month that Saved America. New York, HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.


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