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What's Your View?

What did the JFK assassination lead to? Share your thoughts on the watershed events of November 1963, the aftermath, and how America changed.

Lyndon Baines Johnson takes Presidential Oath of Office aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963.

Lyndon Baines Johnson takes Presidential Oath of Office aboard Air Force One on November 22, 1963. NARA


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The Kennedy assassination was a kind of tectonic shift... we knew during that weekend and certainly within days of that weekend in November 1963, that things would never be the same again.

Josiah Thompson
Bolinas, CA

We thought that we could change the world. This is the key thing that I think ended, for me certainly, with the murder of Kennedy.

Tom Hayden
Culver City, CA

Poll Results


1. Did President Kennedy's assassination and the killings of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy bring about a mood of national cynicism? (333 responses)

Yes
93% 93%
No
 6% 6%


2. Would there have been so much conflict over the Vietnam War without the turmoil caused by the political assassinations? (316 responses)

Yes
54% 54%
No
45% 45%


3. In the years following the assassination did Americans begin suspecting the U.S. government of acting less democratically? (326 responses)

Yes
94% 94%
No
 5% 5%


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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