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"The Murder of President Lincoln," New York Times, April 16, 1865

Mourning Abraham Lincoln, April, 1865, Thomas Nast engraving, detail
The editorial board of the New York Times gave its immediate reaction to the death of President Lincoln at the hands of John Wilkes Booth on April 17, 1865. The piece describes how the news over the Easter weekend was received in the city and then comments on the essential goodness of the man now lost at the moment of victory in the long and bloody Civil War. At the same time the editorial considers, rather hopefully, perhaps, that the nation can trust the newly sworn President Johnson to continue the policy of fairness and justice to the defeated Confederacy. Finally, noting with pride the Republic's smooth transition of power, the editors note that the fate of the nation does not "depend on the life of any individual" and holds that all will be well if the people have "faith, courage, and wisdom." (By John Osborne)


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