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We Knew JFK

Found In: language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

We Knew JFK is an oral history comprising recollections of people who knew Kennedy. The complete audio program (52:02) includes a selection of more than 1200 interviews recorded shortly after the president’s death. The interviews have been classified for the last 50 years.

Storytellers presents a group of audio clips with John Lewis, Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Joseph Alsop, McGeorge Bundy, and 4 others. Transcripts of the complete interviews with these figures are available. O’Neill’s audio clip is 1:54. The complete transcript of O’Neill’s interview (PDF icon PDF, 3.6 KB, 191 pgs.) is also available.

Features reveals aspects of Kennedy and his political skills: his love of reading and the speed at which he read, social life in the White House, foreign affairs, and more.

K-12 Education Resources

A link on the website to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum makes available Education resources for teachers, students, parents, and adult learners. K-12 teachers will find PDFs of lessons keyed to National Standards. For example, 5 elementary lessons cover Kennedy’s campaign for the presidency, election, and inauguration. In Managing a Presidential Campaign: The 1960 Election (PDF icon PDF, 2.3 MB, 11 pgs.) students read correspondence between John F. Kennedy and a sixth grader and documents related to the 1960 presidential election to explore a successful political campaign.



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