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The President slumped forward, and Booth made his escape. Lincoln never regained consciousness. He was pronounced dead the next morning. Booth was hunted down, shot, and killed The assassination of President Lincoln and escape by John Wilkes Booth as portrayed on a theatrical poster for the 1915 silent film The Birth of a Nation. The D. W. Griffith movie is considered a classic for its technical and artistic techniques. It was strongly criticized, however, and even banned in many cities, for its hateful portrayals of African Americans and glorifying of the racist Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War.

Though led in battle by white officers, black soldiers distinguished themselves in several fierce battles. By the time the war ended, 200,000 African Americans had served in the Union military. The Emancipation Proclamation did not free the 500,000 slaves in the 43 Abraham Lincoln A rare photo of black and white soldiers, here a group of teenagers, serving together in the Union army. border states of Maryland, Missouri, Delaware, and Kentucky, which were still part of the Union. Nor did it apply to Tennessee, which was largely occupied by the Union by then.

A Dramatic, Living, Lincoln Legacy The election of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States is one of the most dramatic legacies of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president. First elected to the presidency in 2008 and re-elected in 2012, Obama found in Lincoln a personal hero—a figure he studied and admired throughout his own political career. In 2009, as he was about to take the oath of office as the first African-American president of the United States, Obama placed his left hand on a redvelvet-colored Bible.

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