John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
Access photos, speeches, audiovisual archives, museum exhibits, and other Kennedy resources, and find out about lectures, essay contests, grants and fellowships at the official site of the Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston.
JFK Resources Online
A Web site maintained by Cheryl Overfield contains many articles, links, photos, documents and audio clips.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Photo History
This exhibit, presented by The History Place, contains photos of JFK throughout his life.
The Peace Corps
Information on the mission of the Peace Corps and how to get involved.
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The National Security Archive at George Washington University presents a selection of declassified documents, audio clips, photos, a chronology, and analysis of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
Cold War Hot Links
A collection of interesting primary and secondary sources regarding the Cold War.
Anderson, Catherine Corley. John F. Kennedy: Young People's President. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1991.
A biography of JFK geared for high-school students. Includes many photographs.
Blair, Joan and Clay. The Search for JFK. Berkley/Putnam, 1976.
Bullard, Sara. Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
An overview of the Civil Rights movement, accompanied by photos.
Bradlee, Benjamin. Conversations with Kennedy. Norton, 1975.
----. That Special Grace. J. B. Lippincott, 1964.
Burns, James MacGregor. Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy. W.W. Norton, 1976.
Dallas, Rita. The Kennedy Case. Popular Library, 1973.
Donnelly, Judy. Who Shot the President?: The Death of John F. Kennedy. New York: Random House, 1988.
An explanation of the events surrounding Kennedy's assassination, including a discussion of the Warren Commission's report, and other presidential assassinations.
Donovan, Robert J. PT109: John F. Kennedy in World War II. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961. An account of JFK's experiences as captain of a patrol boat during World War II, and what happened after the boat was sunk by a Japanese destroyer.
Fairlie, Henry. The Kennedy Promise. Dell, 1973.
Fay, Paul Jr. The Pleasure of His Company. Harper & Row, 1966.
Gibson, Barbara. Rose Kennedy and Her Family: The Best and Worst of Their Lives and Times. Secaucus: Carol Publishing Group, 1995.
An overview of one of America's most famous and influential families.
Glikes, Erwin A. Of Poetry and Power: Poems Occasioned by the Presidency and by the Death of John F. Kennedy. New York: Basic Books, 1964.
A collection of poems from 79 noted poets, including W. H. Auden and Gwendolyn Brooks, written after JFK's assassination.
Goodwin, Doris Kearns. The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987.
The story of two Irish immigrant families and their rise to fame and political power in the twentieth century.
Hamilton, Nigel. JFK: Reckless Youth. Random House, 1992.
Haskins, Jim. Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice. New York: Hyperion, 1995.
Geared for younger readers, this is an account of the young people who traveled throughout the south.
----. I Have a Dream: The Life and Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press, 1992.
A biography for students of the charismatic civil rights leader, including excerpts from his writings and speeches, with an introduction by Rosa Parks.
Horowitz, David, and Peter Collier. The Kennedys. Summit Books, 1984.
Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. New York: Harper, 1956.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning collected biography of subjects who showed courage and integrity in a variety of difficult situations.
----. Why England Slept. New York: W. Funk, 1961.
The published version of JFK's college thesis in which he discusses England's response, or lack thereof, to Germany before World War II.
Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald. Times to Remember. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1974.
The life story of the Kennedy matriarch, in her own words.
Kent, Zachary. John F. Kennedy: Thirty-fifth President of the United States. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987.
A compact biography of JFK for young readers, including many black and white photographs and a chronology of the major events in U.S. history.
Kunhardt, Philip B. ed. Life in Camelot: The Kennedy Years. Boston: Little, Brown, 1988.
A pictorial history of the Kennedy years, as told through photographs that appeared in Life magazine.
Langley, Andrew. John F. Kennedy. New York: The Bookwright Press, 1985.
A heavily illustrated overview of Kennedy's life and the major events during his presidency.
Levine, Ellen. Freedom's Children. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1983.
A collection of 30 first-person stories of young African Americans who fought segregation in the South in the 1950s and 1960s.
Lincoln, Evelyn. My Twelve Years with John F. Kennedy. David McKay Co., 1965.
Lowe, Jacques. Portrait, the Emergence of John F. Kennedy. Bramhall House, 1961.
MacNeil, Robert, ed. The Way We Were: 1963, The Year Kennedy Was Shot. New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 1988.
A profile of the era through interviews, oral history, photographs, advertisements, etc.
McKissack, Patricia and Floyd McKissack. The Civil Rights Movement in America from 1865 to the Present. 2nd ed. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1987.
Written for young readers, this is a history of the American Civil Rights movement.
Manchester, William Raymond. One Brief Shining Moment: Remembering Kennedy. Boston: Little, Brown, 1983.
Written by a well-known historian and personal friend of JFK, this is a personal, celebratory portrait of the President and his family.
Moore, Charles. Powerful Days: The Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1991.
This is a chronicle of the Civil Rights movement told through photographs.
Newfield, Jack. Robert Kennedy: A Memoir. E. P. Dutton and Co., 1969.
Parmet, Herbert. Jack: The Struggles of John F. Kennedy. The Dial Press, 1980.
Rochelle, Belinda. Witnesses to Freedom: Young People Who Fought for Civil Rights. New York: Lodestar, 1993.
A collection of accounts of young people involved in the struggle for civil rights.
Salinger, Pierre. With Kennedy. Doubleday, 1966.
Sann, Paul. The Angry Decade: The Sixties. New York: Crown, 1979.
A year-by-year account of politics, culture, events, and people.
Schlesinger, Arthur Meier. A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.
A personal memoir and evaluation of the Kennedy administration by the former special assistant to JFK and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian.
Sidey, Hugh. John F. Kennedy, President. 1st ed. New York: Atheneum, 1963.
A narrative account of the first two years of JFK's administration by one of America's most respected journalists.
Strober, Gerald S., and Deborah H. Strober. Let Us Begin Anew: An Oral History of the Kennedy Presidency. New York: HarperCollins, 1993.
A collection of personal remarks and anecdotes culled from 120 interviews with people who knew and worked with JFK.
Szulc, Ted. Fidel. New York: William Morrow, 1986.
A comprehensive biography of the long-time Cuban leader.
Thompson, Robert Smith. The Missiles of October: The Declassified Story of John F. Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
A detailed analysis of the 1962 crisis with the Soviet Union based on recently declassified documents.
Time-Life Books. This Fabulous Century: 1960 to 1970. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1985.
Useful for students and browsers, this is a pictorial look at the culture, politics, and other aspects of American life during the 1960s.
United States. Warren Commission. Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964.
The published report of the commission established to investigate Kennedy's assassination.
Weisbrot, Robert. Marching Toward Freedom: From the Founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Council to the Assassination of Malcolm X (1957-1965). New York: Chelsea House, 1964.
How sit-ins, freedom rides, and protest rallies pushed segregated America toward equality.
Wexler, Sanford. The Civil Rights Movement; An Eyewitness History. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Speeches, articles, and writings of those involved that trace the history of the Civil Rights movement, primarily from 1954 to 1965.
White, Theodore Harold. The Making of the President: 1960. New York: Atheneum Publishers, 1960.
The story of Kennedy's rise as a political leader.
Williams, Juan. Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. Penguin Books, 1987.
The companion book to the PBS series.
Wills, Garry. The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on Power. Pocket Books, 1982.
My American Experience
Who is your favorite 20th-century American president? Was it Reagan? Kennedy? Clinton? Or one of the other 14 men who helped usher the United States through the 1900s? Who do you think was the most influential?