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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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The Kennedy Assassination

Peter Knight

Edinburgh University Press

In the battle lines that have been drawn up since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, critics of many different stripes have challenged what has become known as the ‘establishment version’ or the ‘official version’. That version is in fact made up of a number of monumental investigations and reports commissioned and conducted by various branches of the federal government, not all of which are in agreement. This chapter recounts the history of the political manoeuvres that led to the establishment of each of the inquiries, before going on to analyse their main findings as well as their strategies of representation.

Keywords:   President John F. Kennedy, assassination, establishment version, US government

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