The shot that changed the world:
The death and faith of Abraham Lincoln, 150 years later
Abraham Lincoln was shot at 10:15 P.M. on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 by actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. The president was pronounced dead at 7:22 A.M. on April 15, only six days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered, effectively ending the Civil War.
If the gunfire at Concord, Massachusetts that started the Revolutionary War was "the shot heard round the world," the attack that killed President Lincoln was truly "the shot that changed the world." Those who succeeded him embarked on a program of punishing the South that led to generations of enmity. Race relations were poisoned; geographical divisions deepened. It took a century for African Americans to gain the full civil rights Lincoln envisioned for them.
A man whose election led to the Civil War was recently voted America's greatest president, ahead of George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson. What do we know about his faith? How did it forge his character and help create his lasting legacy?