Chapter

History

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/9780748624102.003.0003
History

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This chapter examines the popular histories, memoirs, and biographies written in the five or so years after the assassination, and then turns to the later revisionist attacks on those elegiac accounts of the life and death of JFK. It also explores how the assassination has been dealt with by professional historians, including debates about the role of the death in shaping our sense of the meaning of the 1960s (is November 1963 when it all began to go horribly wrong?), and the role of counterfactual speculations about the significance of the assassination for the story of the Vietnam War (had he lived, would Kennedy have withdrawn US troops?).

Keywords: JFK; assassination; revisionist attacks; historians; Vietnam War; 1960s

Chapter.  8393 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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