Chapter

Introduction

Peter Knight

in The Kennedy Assassination

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624102
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624102.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter recounts the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963 and the events that followed it. The assassination has been imagined and represented in many different genres including journalism, memoir, history, biography, government reports, sociological inquiries, popular conspiracy exposés, literary and pulp fiction, museums and monuments, Hollywood film, and avant-garde art. There is a fundamental divide between those who believe that Oswald acted alone, and those who are convinced that there was some kind of conspiracy or cover-up. The chapter considers why writers, film makers, and artists are repeatedly drawn to representing the Kennedy assassination.

Keywords: President John F. Kennedy; assassination; Oswald; conspiracy; cover-up; Kennedy assassination

Chapter.  3195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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