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The recent commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s election as the thirty-fifth president of the United States serves as a reminder of a period of time that many Americans perceive as idyllic. Just as his election, despite a near-run thing, had instilled a pervasive sense of hope throughout the country, his assassination stunned the entire nation, scarring the psyche of a generation of Americans. More than half a century later, JFK continues to inspire debates about the effectiveness of the presidency, as well as his own political legacy, making the senator from Massachusetts the object of many enduring myths: that he would have been one of the country’s greatest leaders had he lived, he would have kept the US out of a full-fledged Vietnam war, and that he was a martyr of right-wing assassins. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, who did get the US deeply involved in Vietnam while pursuing the social reforms of the Great Society at home and abroad, also casts a long shadow in the twenty-first century, as the nation continues to deal with poverty, racism, and social injustice.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of the Kennedy-Johnson Era covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, including the president, his advisors, his family, his opponents, and his critics, as well as members of Congress, military leaders, and international leaders. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about John F. Kennedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442237919
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/14/2015
Series: Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Politics and Political Eras Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 490
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Richard Dean Burns is professor emeritus and former chair of the History Department at California State University, Los Angeles. He has authored and edited some two dozen books and an equal number of in-depth articles covering arms control, diplomatic history, international law and American foreign policy. A bibliographer, essayist and editor, Burns has long been involved in preparing reference books.

Joseph M. Siracusa is professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Deputy Dean of Global and Language Studies, in the School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies, at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia. He is internationally known for his writings on nuclear history, diplomacy, and presidential politics. He is also a frequent political affairs commentator in the Australian media, including ABC Radio National.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Foreword, Jon Woronoff
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix 1 Lists of Officials, Elections, Congresses
Appendix 2 Constitutional Amendments
Appendix 3 John F. Kennedy’s Addresses
Appendix 4 Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech
Appendix 5 Lyndon B. Johnson’s Addresses
About the Authors

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