Throughout November, and most especially on the 22nd of this month, people all over the United States will come together to remember President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. The first Catholic and the youngest man ever elected president, John F. Kennedy is remembered for his charismatic personality and personal flaws as much as he is for his presidential accomplishments. In the three year period he was president, Kennedy sought peace at home and abroad, even going so far as to establish the Peace Corps with the intention of sending Americans all over the world on the mission of helping the needy. The 35th president of the United States is credited with diverting a nuclear war with the Soviet Union and removing missiles from Cuba. He signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. John F. Kennedy was committed to the space program and wanted to see a man on the moon, even though it did not happen until after his death. Under John F. Kennedy’s administration, laws were put into place ending segregation and he paved the way for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Kennedy also supported the early women’s rights movement, signing the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which prohibits arbitrary discrimination against women with regard to workplace wages.
Over the next few weeks, the Katharine Brush Library will display books about John F. Kennedy and his presidency on the first floor. We encourage you to explore this unique time in history by reading one or more of these great books! There are several more upstairs, on the second floor of the library, and we will be happy to help you find one of those as well! The Dallas Morning News is running a year long series entitled JFK50 and is a great website worth checking out: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/jfk50/. There are some really great photos, videos, articles, and discussion sections for those who want to really immerse themselves in Kennedy material. You can also catch some new movies on television this month, from The National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy special (airs on November 10th) to a CNN documentary entitled The Assassination of JFK (1963).