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Political Science 2103A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: United States House Select Committee On Assassinations, Texas School Book Depository, Lee Harvey Oswald


Department
Political Science
Course Code
Political Science 2103A/B
Professor
Jun Fang
Lecture
13

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LECTURE – THE ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F KENNEDY
ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS ASSASSINATIONS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, IF NOT ALL OF
AMERICAN HISTORY
oImpact on American politics
oAssassinated at 46 years old
JOHN F KENNEDY
o2nd son of John Kennedy Sr.
ocongressman (1947-53)
oSentator (1953-60)
oYoungest elected president at age 43
o35th president of the united states
January 20th, 1961 – November 22,1963
oOnly catholic president
oOnly president who won Pulitzer prize
“Profiles in Courage” – ghost writer
oduring presidency
Peace Corps (1961)
Still in existence
Pay of Pigs invasion – failure (1961)
Huge failure for US
Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)
Limited nuclear Test Ban treaty (1963)
Summer – US, UK, AND USSR joined and signed a treaty to limit any
nuclear bomb testing
oBanned under water and in the atmosphere
oOnly ground tests were allowed
Many affairs with woman – Marilyn Monroe – rumoured
ASSASSINATED ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963 IN DALLAS, TEXAS
o12:30 in the Dealey Plaza
osupposedly killed by 2 bullets fired from the Texas School Book depository
Lee Harvey Oswald???
Self-proclaimed Marxist, former marine, US defect to the Soviet Union
Was apparently seen at the depository around the time of the shooting
Was arrested a few hours later, and killed by Jack Ruby
oNovember 24th, 1963
Second assassin? – Grassy Knoll
INVESTIGATION – THE WARREN COMISSION (1963-64)
oMembers included G. Ford and A. Dulles
oThe Warren Commission report
- 2 (out of three bullets fired) killed JFK
LHO acted alone
Jack Ruby acted alone
Are no conspiracies to investigate
GARRISON INVESTIGATION
oJim Garrison – New Orleans district attorney – obtained a possible lead of a conspiracy
plot to murder the president
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