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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: 9781442237926
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Series: Historical Dictionaries of U.S. Politics and Political Eras
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 490
File size: 2 MB

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 long has 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.
Richard Dean Burns, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Los Angeles, is an internationally recognized scholar who designed and edited the three-volume Encyclopedia of Arms Control and Disarmament (Scribners, 1993) that received national awards. Earlier, he co-authored Disarmament in Perspective, 1919-1913, 4 vols. (U.S. Arms Control&Disarmament Agency, 1968) and compiled Arms Control&Disarmament: A Bibliography (ABC-Clio, 1977) the first such modern bibliography. He authored Evolution of Arms Control: From Antiquity to the Nuclear Age (Praeger, 2009) and The Missile Defense Systems of George W. Bush (Praeger, 2010). And co-authored Reagan, Bush, Gorbachev: Revisiting the end of the Cold War (Praeger, 2008), followed by America and the Cold War, 1941-1991: A Realist Interpretation, 2 vols. (Praeger, 2010).
Joseph M. Siracusa is Professor in Human Security and International Diplomacy and Discipline Head of Global Studies in the School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning, at RMIT University, Australia where he is a specialist in American politics and global security.

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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