Aug 8, 2017

History Of Wackemall, Part 69: Abraham Lincoln

An accomplished orator, Abraham Lincoln, the popular American President who fought to save the Union, free the slaves, and died at the hands of John Wilkes Booth  on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 during an intermission of the play, Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC, was known for saying many great things.

While not widely known, some accounts of that night lay claim that Lincoln's last words before being shot in the back of the head was when he turned and said to his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln and said,

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him Wackemall."

It was assumed Lincoln was suggesting he and Mrs Lincoln slip out of the theater early and retire to the Lincoln Bedroom. If only he had made his amorous suggestions sooner.

The History of Wackemall explores history in ways you've never seen history before, putting into perspective people and events in ways few ever knew existed. This edition of the History of Wackemall has been made possible without the financial support of the Piedmont Center for Sustainability but they're laughing just the same.