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Explaining JFK to DD (help!)
Old 03-24-2017, 03:00 PM
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Our DD is a music ed/conducting grad student, and her professor assigned her a piece to prepare that was written in memory of John F. Kennedy. When he tried to discuss the background with her, he was shocked that all she could tell him about JFK was he was shot, there was talk about a conspiracy, and he was a womanizer (1960's were never covered in her history classes). Therefore, she's been assigned to become more aware of the man and events that inspired this composer. I tried to explain as much as I could (I was 8 when he was assassinated), but she needs something visual to really grasp it. Videos, documentaries, anything on Netflix or YouTube preferred. Thanks!


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Old 03-24-2017, 03:02 PM
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Maybe do searches relating to the Peace Corps, his speech about putting a man on the moon, and his military service. These three items are sometimes overshadowed by what you mentioned.
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:24 PM
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notable that he was from a rich and influential family, first president of USA to be a Roman Catholic, and wrote an inspiring book, Profiles in Courage. A film. PT 109 details his service in WW2 and the injuries that he sustained.
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Old 03-24-2017, 03:26 PM
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I know your DD is older, but for a quick read get "who was JFK?" It's one of a big series titled "who was.....". She'll read it in an hour and get a quick overview. Then she can decide where to go from there.
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Has she heard his famous speech
Old 03-24-2017, 03:32 PM
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"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

It's sad that our history books only cover those highly publicized events of his life.


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Age?
Old 03-24-2017, 03:51 PM
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How old is your daughter?
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Old 03-24-2017, 04:59 PM
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There's a film, Missiles of October, about the crisis.
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Thanks!
Old 03-27-2017, 09:16 AM
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Big thanks to everyone for all the suggestions! Due to it being a weekend, I couldn't get to the library for any books, but will definitely remember the teen/juvenile nonfiction option for the future. She ended up watching a PBS/Smithsonian documentary on Netflix and got more info than she intended (it included graphic footage of the assassination and autopsy), but now she feels she not only understands the composer's motivation but also the professor's for assigning it at this time, given the current social climate. Thanks again for the help!
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