JFK Assassination

Makenzi Nyland

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The Issue

Shortly after noon on November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas. JFK was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was then shot by Jack Ruby. Reports claim to see two shots, one from the book depository and one from the grassy knoll while some people claim both shots came from the depository. There are many theories as to the death of JFK.

Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK by himself

The most basic perspective of what happened to JFK is this; Lee Harvey Oswald shot him from the book depository and then ran to the theater. According to witnesses there were three shots. The first going through the presidents torso and hitting the governor in the upper right should. The second missing and hitting the car. And the third went through the presidents forehead, being the cause of death. As you can see in the video below, the reports don't necessarily add up.
JFK Assassination in Colour (HD) Slow Motion and Frame by Frame

The US government engaged in a systematic cover-up of the truth

Many people questioned the assassination of JFK during that time period and it is still questioned in today's society. A very, very common belief is that the government was behind the entire thing. One perspective is, the government paid Lee Harvey Oswald to kill JFK and possibly another shooter from the grassy knoll. Some believe they told him to shoot from the depository and then run to the theater where he would be let free, but they surprised him with police. Next, they paid Jack Ruby to shoot him to keep him quiet.


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There was a lot of bias during President JFK's short time in office. JFK was a democrat and stood for civil rights, which the south and republicans did not like. JFK was trying to end segregation, which some opposed. But the biggest bias in media was his assassination. Some believed in conspiracy theories and other believed the Warren Commission. But either way, in media, there were not very many unbiased reports.
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Historical Criticism

In the assassination of JFK, historical criticism was very prevalent. Many presidents before JFK had been assassinated because someone didn't like what they were doing. Also, government conspiracy theories have also been a thing. Historically, presidents have been killed or strange things have gone unsolved or with a shady answer.

Cultural Criticism

Also in the death of JFK, cultural criticism plays a role. In our society its okay to shoot someone because you don't agree with them. JFK was trying to end segregation, which was a huge change for our country. So, naturally, people got flustered and made a plan to kill the president thinking it would stop people from trying to end segregation, but it didn't work.