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The assassination of Abraham Lincoln remains of perennial interest as a tragedy that changed the course of American history. Harold Holzer has provided an excellent compilation of primary source materials for reflecting on the immediate shock and outrage that followed the first murder of an American president. Holzer provides brief introductions for each selection that place the firsthand accounts into their historical context. Their authorship proves most important, as the documents provide a wide range of perspectives on the assassination and its immediate aftermath.