Kennedy Assassination Still Resonates 50 Years Later

Whether you witnessed the horrors in Dallas in person, or watched it play out on TV right here in Wausau, the death of President John F. Kennedy is something that will be forever etched into the collective memory of our nation.

In a world where more than 50% of people alive today were not even born at the time of the assassination, it would be easy to think that it could have faded from the public's memory, however that has not taken place.

"A lot of the generation that knew Kennedy directly has passed away now. To a large degree, they have succeeded in passing it along to succeeding generations through the media and through popular culture. There is still kind of an iconic status the Kennedy administration and the Kennedy Presidency has." Says Dr. John McAdams of Marquette University.

McAdams as well as Dr. David Wrone of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point have devoted much of their careers to studying the JFK Assassination. While the two disagree on many aspects of the assassination, they both say it is important to teach young people about the cultural impact of JFK's death.

"I believe that there is still a considerable amount of interest in this subject by younger people. I have spoken at college campuses and I saw that the young people did come out, although not in as great numbers as the generation of John Kennedy." Says Dr. Wrone.

Without question, the JFK assassination is something that will remain an important aspect of our history for a very long time to come.


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