District of Corruption
In the single most dramatic moment in American political history, John Wilkes Booth assassinates Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater in Washington.
Booth leaps from the presidential box, raises his dagger over his head, and yells “Sic semper tyrannis, The South is Avenged!” Thus always to tyrants is the state motto of Virginia.
In his last speech in Washington, “Father Abraham” endorsed the idea of making “African-Americans” citizens and voters.
John Wilkes Booth was among the audience. He told a friend, “That means nigger citizenship. Now, by God, I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever make.”
Three days later, Booth assassinated Lincoln and his fellow conspirators attempted to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson. Booth was from Maryland which wanted to secede but was prevented from doing so by Union troops.
Update: The following is an excerpt from John Wilkes Booth’s diary.
“After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and … chased by gun boats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every mans hand against me, I am here in despair. And why; For doing what Brutus was honored for, what made Tell a Hero. And yet I for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew am looked upon as a common cuttthroat … I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone … I do not repent the blow I struck. I may before my God but not to man.”
Perhaps one day after excising Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth from our history books we can find some room for that quote from John Wilkes Booth.