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The Kennedy Assassination$
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Peter Knight

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624102

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624102.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Kennedy Assassination

Peter Knight

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter recounts the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on 22 November 1963 and the events that followed it. The assassination has been imagined and represented in many different genres including journalism, memoir, history, biography, government reports, sociological inquiries, popular conspiracy exposés, literary and pulp fiction, museums and monuments, Hollywood film, and avant-garde art. There is a fundamental divide between those who believe that Oswald acted alone, and those who are convinced that there was some kind of conspiracy or cover-up. The chapter considers why writers, film makers, and artists are repeatedly drawn to representing the Kennedy assassination.

Keywords:   President John F. Kennedy, assassination, Oswald, conspiracy, cover-up, Kennedy assassination

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