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Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism

Thursday September 2007


John Podhoretz Columnist, New York Post

Introductory Remarks: John Podhoretz, Columnist, New York Post

It has been more than 40 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on the streets of Dallas, and many would agree that no other event in the post-war era has cast such a long shadow over our national life. The repercussions from that event continue to be felt down to the present day.

The Kennedy assassination signaled the particular moment when the cultural consensus of the 1950s began to give way to the experimental and oppositional culture that we associate with the 1960s.

Camelot and the Cultural Revolution places the Kennedy assassination into historical perspective. It highlights the wide gulf between the liberalism that prevailed before Kennedy’s assassination and the version that then emerged, and answers many of the lingering questions surrounding his death.