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What Does It Take to Step-Back from Wrongdoing?

John Wilkes Booth had originally planned to kidnap Abraham Lincoln, but when that didn’t happen he fatally shot the President instead.

If Booth’s kidnapping plan had come together, do you think he would have killed the President? Why, or why not?

Do John Surratt’s words—that the conspirators were willing to kidnap but not kill the President—ring true or false to you? Explain your answer.

Do you think that John Surratt stepped-back from the ledge of wrong-doing? Why, or why not?

What do you think it takes, in terms of moral living, to step-back from wrong-doing? In other words, is it ever "too late" to pull back from actually carrying out a plan to harm someone or something? Explain your answer.


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