On November 22nd, 1963 the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy set into motion a series of events that irrevocably changed
American politics and culture. The media frenzy spawned by the
controversy surrounding the death of JFK has since given way to a
powerful public memory that continues to shape the way we
understand politics, the 1960s, and the nation.
In The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Political Trauma and
American Memory, Alice George traces the events of Kennedy s
assassination and Lyndon B. Johnson s subsequent ascension to the
presidency. Covering both the political shifts of the time and the
cultural fallout of the national tragedy, this book introduces
students of the twenty-first century to both an iconic event and to
the context in which that event was heralded as iconic. Drawing on
newspaper articles, political speeches, letters, and diaries,
George critically re-examines the event of JFK s death and its
persistent political and cultural legacy. "
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