Primary Source Audio — A New Audio Product that Brings Primary Sources to Life for Educators
The Lincoln Assassination
Primary Source Audio lets your students listen to key moments in American history as they were reported in newspapers of the day! The first product in our series by award-winning narrator Phil Rosenthal is The Lincoln Assassination. It is a spoken narrative of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln derived from the April 15, 16, 17, and 18, 1865 issues of the New York Herald. The audio begins with breaking news of the events in Washington City that reached New York City by telegraph in the early morning hours of April 15 — just in time to make the first edition, also known as the 2 a.m. edition, of the New York Herald. Your students will hear exactly what people were reading in these newspapers over 150 years ago as the dramatic and tragic events played out over the next 4 days.
The product includes nearly an hour of audio broken into tracks by newspaper date and a website link granting online access to 50 high-resolution images from these four historic New York Herald editions. All of the original newspapers used in the Primary Source Audio series are part of an extensive collection of colonial and Civil War newspapers author, historian, and private tour guide Ben Edwards has developed over the past 15 years.
Additional Details of the Assassination
Last Moments of the President
Order today and we’ll include two Bonus Items:
- Online access to a fifth newspaper — the April 28, 1865 issue of the New York Herald reporting the capture of John Wilkes Booth.
- An audio recording by Phil Rosenthal of a letter actor Harry Hawk wrote to his parents about being on stage at Ford’s Theatre when President Lincoln was shot.