Yesterday began the fifty year mystery that is the assassination of United States president John F. Kennedy.
On November 22, 1963 President Kennedy was shot during a motorcade campaign run in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in connection to the assassination and the wounding of Texas Governor, John Connally. Oswald was shot two days later by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, while being transferred from police headquarters to the county jail. This happened in full view of television cameras broadcasting live.
Five days after Kennedy’s death former Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson commissioned an investigation. This became more widely known as the Warren Commission. The 889 pages of the Warren Commission’s final report was presented to President Johnson on September 24, 1964; it was made public three days later. The report concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy and wounding the Texas Governor. It also concluded that Jack Ruby acted alone in killing Oswald two days later.
The inconsistencies of the Warren Commission and the peculiarities surrounding that day left the Kennedy assassination open to a number of conspiracy theories. As we learned from Joseph Broadbent’s talk on The Culture of Conspiracy Theory & the JFK Assassination—part of our ongoing 2013 Autumn Lecture Series, conspiracy theories arise from human’s want to make sense of the world, to see patterns and logic in the seemingly inexplicable. The contested theories about what happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963 have made the Kennedy assassination one of the greatest and most famous American mysteries of all time.
Fifty years later, conspiracy theories about the assassination continue to bewilder not only the American mind but those of interested parties around the world. If you should find yourself an interested party, the Memorial Library has a wide selection of books concerning the Kennedy assassination and the wider political and historical implications of the Kennedy Presidency. Below you will find just a sample of the books we have in stock but we have many more biographies about both Kennedy and his wife Jackie. Please refer to the library catalogue for more information: http://norlink.norfolk.gov.uk/02_Catalogue/02_001_Search.aspx
We also have the new edition of Time Magazine which addresses the ‘JFK Conspiracy Industry’ after fifty years. As it is the latest edition, this magazine is available for in library use only.