Hundreds of Australians wrote to Jackie Kennedy after her husband was killed. The letters paint a revealing portrait of who we were and who we wanted to be.
John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in the limousine in Dallas minutes before the assassination.
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The event shocked the world. But it also sparked the minds of filmmakers, authors, artists and conspiracy theorists.
John F Kennedy giving a speech in in front of the city hall in Frankfurt during his visit in Germany in June 1963.
JFK’s leadership style has been hugely influential, acting as a model emulated by subsequent presidents including Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
President John F. Kennedy is seen shortly before his assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.
The JFK assassination was a landmark event in TV news history.
A portrait of the Kennedy family taken in Hyannis, Mass., in the 1930s.
Gothic storytelling, with its sinister atmosphere of conspiracy and other hallmarks, offers a way to reframe the Kennedy family lore.
This man visited the Soviet embassy in Mexico City while Lee Harvey Oswald was in Mexico in 1963. Officials thought it might be Oswald.
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In 1967 a Mexican reporter told the CIA he had met Lee Harvey Oswald in Mexico City just before the JFK assassination. New research and recently declassified intelligence pokes a hole in his story.
Rewatching the 1991 film classic JFK shows the intricate choreography of montage — and the line between fact and truth still being navigated today.
The technology isn’t the problem.
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The technology isn’t the problem – conspiracy theories were around long before the internet.
President John F. Kennnedy personally bid the first Peace Corps volunteers farewell.
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The agency’s earliest ad campaigns emphasized youthful idealism, patriotism and travel opportunities. That was an easier sell than urging Americans to enlist in an anti-communist operation.
Jackie Kennedy leaving the US Capitol after viewing John F. Kennedy lying in state.
The process of coming to terms with a loss is central to these films, which are aching and inventive renderings of complex feelings and moments.
Then – as now – Americans found themselves transfixed by the news.
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During our current bout of collective trauma, many of our coping strategies have mimicked the ways Americans responded to the Kennedy assassination.
John F. Kennedy’s 1962 speech inspired the modern consumer rights movement.
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JFK pushed consumer rights to the top of the national agenda in 1962, leading to a raft of new laws offering new protections. But without enforcement, such rights are meaningless.
Women earn less than men in most occupations, including soccer.
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A decade ago, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the latest legislative effort to close the persistent gap between how much women and men earn. Here’s why it hasn’t made much of a difference.
Coal miner photographed on the job near Richlands, Virginia, in 1974.
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In the abstract, this near-mythic figure represents bravery, hard work and manliness.
The immediate aftermath of the shooting of President Kennedy in November 1963.
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Applying actual science to forensic investigations can yield substantially different results from the findings of standard methods in the field.
What was lost, other than a life, on Nov. 22, 1963?
In the minds of many, the assassination remains a tragedy cloaked in mystery. How does this lack of closure – and the general distrust it fomented – resonate in American culture and politics today?
Will the files show who was really behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
It’s been a good year for conspiracy theorists, so they say.
Rostow, front right, visited Vietnam in 1961.
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Walt Rostow argued communism was incompatible with economic development and was influential in persuading Presidents Kennedy and Johnson to get more involved in Vietnam.
Secretary of State Dean Rusk, President Lyndon Johnson and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara.
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Was Vietnam ‘a quagmire’ or a ‘stalemate machine’? Understanding this 50-year-old debate can shed light on why the US is currently locked into a ‘forever war.’
Former FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents’ interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.