Lecturer: Peter Atkinson
Title: Intersecting Lives: John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson
While attempting throughout to separate reality from myth, I shall look at the lives, personalities and careers of the two men and at the difficult relationship between them. They had very different backgrounds, the privileged New Englander and the humbler Texas farm boy, and each had significant strengths and deep flaws. The presentation will range across more than half a century but there will be some emphasis on the 60s, the decade of their presidencies, when the principal issues were the cold war, civil rights, Vietnam, and the assassination and its aftermath. It is a story of two fascinating individuals living through interesting and challenging times.