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March 22, 2015

Episode 11 - The JFK Assassination

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On episode eleven of American History Too! we delve into one of the most chilling moments in US history – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.  To aid us in the voyage through fear, conspiracy, and legend we are joined by the University of Glasgow’s Fraser McCallum.  

What is uncontested about that day? What are the most plausible and most outlandish conspiracy theories to prosper in the fifty years since the assassination?  Why do these conspiracies matter?  And how were Lyndon Johnson and Bobby Kennedy the original conspiracy theorists? 

Finally, does the myth of the fallen President match the reality of the Kennedy presidency?  Find out all this and more on this episode of American History Too!

We’ll be back with our next podcast on the Vietnam War in the next two weeks.

Cheers,

Mark and Malcolm

 

Reading/Viewing List

-          Kathryn Olmsted, Real Enemies: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy, World War 1 to 9/11(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

-          William Manchester, The Death of a President: November 20–November 25, 1963 (US:  Harper & Row, 2013)

-          (Film) - Dir. Oliver Stone, JFK (1991) 

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