We can learn a lot from looking back into America’s past. On this day, April 14th, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. while attending a play. Lincoln is an iconic figure in American history for his leadership during the Civil War and for instituting the Emancipation Proclamation which guaranteed freedom under the law for all enslaved people in the United States. We can still learn from his words in his second inaugural address as we seek ways to join together to fight newfound threats to the peace and certainty of everyday life—”Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”
Lincoln was a figure who sought to unite people after deep, painful division. Use today, in memory of his life and death, as an opportunity to teach about him at home, and talk about resiliency in times of crisis. You can find helpful biographical information at the Time for kids article below.