© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Historian explains Michigan’s reaction to Lincoln assassination

Red theatre chair in display booth
Jason Tester Guerrilla Futures

For the past four years, American have been captivated by events remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Two years ago, the nation saw one of the largest gatherings in memory of the Battle of Gettysburg. Now we’ve come to the dramatic climax of the war: 150 years since the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.On April 14, 1865, actor John Wilkes Booth crept up behind Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater and shot him in the back of the head. Lincoln’s death was shocking because it was the first time in America’s short 89 year existence that it has lost a president to murder.

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Roger Rosentreter, professor of history at Michigan State University, about Michigan’s response to that fateful moment.

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
Related Content
Journalism at this station is made possible by donors who value local reporting. Donate today to keep stories like this one coming. It is thanks to your generosity that we can keep this content free and accessible for everyone. Thanks!