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Why Did Booth’s Assassination Plan Include More Than Lincoln?

William Seward survived an attempted assassination because of a neck brace he was wearing following a recent accident. Booth’s plan, to kill both the President and a leading cabinet member, was thereby foiled. Was this due to Booth’s inattention to detail? Explain your answer.

Although he could not kill Seward, Booth’s co-conspirator was able to inflict serious injuries on others who tried to protect the Secretary of State. What does this tell us about his determination to commit murder that night?


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