- Primary Resources: Letter from Kennedy to Ngo Dinh Diem, 1961
- Primary Resources: Letter from Castro to Khrushchev, 10/28/62
- Primary Resources: End of the Cuban Naval Quarantine, 1962
- Bonus Video: Part 1, Chapter 1
- Primary Resources: Letter from Khrushchev to Castro, 10/30/62
- Primary Resources: Telegram From George Wallace to Kennedy, 1963
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin's bullet, Kennedy's presidency long defied objective appraisal. Recent assessments have revealed an administration long on promise and vigor, and somewhat lacking in tangible accomplishment. His proposals for a tax cut and civil rights legislation, however, promised significant gains in the months before his assassination. While maturation, as evidenced in the handling of the Cuban missile crisis, was apparent, the potential legacy of the New Frontier will forever be left to speculation.
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?
Author and Journalist Michael Dobbs spoke with American Experience about the Cuban missile crisis, which began 50 years ago today, for our upcoming biography of JFK. Read his quotes about what President Kennedy knew and didn't know as the crisis unfolded.