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The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

November 22, 2013

Death of a Generation

The events which occured on this day fifty years ago remain some of the most shocking incidents of the latter twentieth century. In 1963, whilst riding in an open-topped limousine next to his wife, John F. Kennedy – the 35th President of the United States – was shot in the throat, back, and head. The assassin, Harvey Lee Oswald, was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could be put on trial, and Ruby himself died of cancer in 1967, leaving yet more questions unanswered.

Whilst only holding office for two years, the late President John F. Kennedy still excises a powerful hold on the imagination of today. His youth and vitality, his progressive politics, the pivotal role he played in the Cuban Missile Crisis, coupled with his untimely demise – which is still shrouded in conspiracy theories and unanswered questions – have ensured his place as one of the most important and influential figures of the twentieth century. To mark this occasion, we’ve made some of University Press Scholarship Online’s content available for one month. The chapters, from a variety of our partner presses, shed light not just on his death, but also his life, politics, and short-lived Presidency.


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