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KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: Was the President Killed by a Lone Gunman, or Was There a Conspiracy?
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. The following year, the Warren Commission concluded that Kennedy had been killed by a lone gunman—Lee Harvey Oswald—who fired three shots, and that Oswald had not been part of a conspiracy against the president. In 1978, however, a committee appointed by the House of Representatives concluded that there had likely been two gunmen shooting at the president that day, suggesting a conspiracy. Was Oswald the only one to shoot at Kennedy? Or was there a second gunman?
Let your students get the facts and decide for themselves: Was President John F. Kennedy killed by a lone gunman, or was there a conspiracy? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies in American History’s clear and unbiased examination of Kennedy’s assassination this month.
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