Abraham Lincoln Assassination Scene

Abraham Lincoln Assassination Scene

This may be the most accurate recreation you can find of the moment when Abraham Lincoln was killed.

In addition to the genius work of D.W. Griffith, just think: it was filmed only fifty years after the event occurred, and people who were still alive would have remembered reading about it in the newspapers and possibly standing alongside the tracks as Lincoln’s funeral train passed by.

Consider how much living memory must have been involved in the scene at the time it was filmed and first viewed.

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