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APUSH Oral History: JFK Assassination

JFK Assassination

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 23, 1963. Kennedy served from his election in 1960 to this time, in which he oversaw the successful de-escalation of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the start of the civil rights movement, and the beginning of the Vietnam War. His presidency was not without its failures, such as the Bay of Pigs invasion, and his attempt to pass his New Frontier domestic policies. While his presidency had its downfalls, he was loved by much of the country and his assassination left the nation in a state of shock for years to come. A number of conspiracy theories now surround the assassination, while the government officially backs the Warren Commission which stated there was only one gunman. The assassination was such an influential moment in American history that it has since become a flashbulb memory and all those alive for the event remember exactly where they were when it occurred. Listen to the interviews on this page to get an idea of just how great of an impact the assassination had.

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