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        JFK: 100th Anniversary of His Birth | This is the House That Jack Built

        Just two months before he died, President John F Kennedy said, “Things do not just happen. They are made to happen.” At the time the president hoped that he would be the one to shape the future of the nation. But an assassin’s bullet in Dallas changed all of that. So when and how do we assess the short life of President Kennedy? The one hundredth anniversary of JFK’s birth provides a good opportunity to try.

        Time cannot fully erase the inspiration created by his public words and deeds. They altered history and continue to be a source of fascination for new generations who didn’t live during Kennedy’s presidency.

         

        JFK: Introduction | This is the House That Jack Built

        "This is the House That Jack Built" touches on familiar themes of JFK’s life and his ascent to the presidency, and his mistakes and triumphs. It also explores new and little known stories. This program also explores why JFK is still relevant today, and why we still care about him.

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        JFK: Early Years | This is the House That Jack Built

        In many ways Kennedy’s success in life was partly a birthright, predestined by the power and privilege of the Kennedy family. But the birthright was just the cornerstone of his legacy. Piece by piece Jack Kennedy constructed his own unique legacy, and this is the house that Jack built.

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        Road to the Presidency | This is the House That Jack Built

        Having cemented their legacy at the Jay Six Ranch, Joe and Jack Kennedy set out on the more challenging task of making their mark on the world. Neither could imagine what lay ahead.

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        Foreign Policy During the JFK Presidency | This is the House That Jack Built

        John F. Kennedy came to the presidency wanting to be known as the foreign policy president. He wanted international affairs to be the centerpiece of his administration.

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        Feminist Movement and Civil Rights during the JFK Administration | This is the House That Jack Built

        The early 1960’s were a time of transition in the country for feminism and the civil rights movement. Kennedy’s administration reflected that.

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        JFK Assassination and the Search for Truth | This is the House That Jack Built

        For over fifty years, beginning with the Warren Commission in the 1960s, there has been an ongoing struggle to reconcile the facts of Kennedy’s assassination. For many, the search for the truth goes on.

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        JFK: Legacy | This is the House That Jack Built

        The elements have taken a toll on the house that Jack built as a young man, but the legacy that he constructed as president endures. The successes and failures of his career contain lessons that fully apply to today’s challenges.

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