01:20:08 AM Mar 10th 2011
How do you justify the Abraham Lincoln example? Judging from everyone I've talked to, including my American History professor, Reconstruction could've been pulled off if he hadn't been assassinated, as opposed to the failure it ended up as under Johnson. In other words, the consequences of the assassination were disastrous and are still in effect today.
03:59:29 PM Dec 11th 2012
It doesn't seem to be up there anymore (probably because he wasn't an artist) but I can understand the idea. The US may have been worse off because of his death but his image was definitely for the better. He became the ultimate American saint/martyr and almost more of a myth than a man while his flaws (whether they were major or minor) have been glossed over. The same thing happened to John F Kennedy.