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Remembering John F. Kennedy

Published: 11/13/2013
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JFK: Three little initials evoke a giant of a man. Of all the modern presidents, John F. Kennedy may be the one with the greatest mythos surrounding him, owing in part to his untimely death. When Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, he died with his work unfinished, leaving behind great unrealized ideals. Over the decades, those ideals have become legendary, placing JFK in the pantheon of great Americans that includes such diverse figures as the very real founding father George Washington and the much more mythical Paul Bunyan. Kennedy seems to fall somewhere in between, a real American president with a legacy and memory of mythical proportions.

Remembering JFK

As much as JFK is idolized, there's not much about him that Americans agree upon. Some call him an unabashed liberal while others point to his conservatism. Some consider him a great role model; others worry about his dalliances and occasional errors. And of course, it's hard to find two people who agree on the truth about his assassination.

One thing is sure: Our modern world is endlessly fascinated with a president who died 50 years ago. Online, he's a more frequent topic of searches than most living Americans. And in movies and TV, books and conversations, we continue to discuss him all these years later.

We offer more fodder for those discussions here. Visit the links below to explore the legacy of John F. Kennedy. Then visit the other pages in this section to learn more about Kennedy's life, legacy, and family.


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