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  • Life Portrait of John F Kennedy
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    Life Portrait of John F. Kennedy

    In the thirty-fourth in a series on American presidents, scholars discussed the life and career of John F. Kennedy. Among the issues they addressed were his childhood, his Navy career, his…

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    An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963

    Robert Dallek talked about his book An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917- 1963, published by Little, Brown and Company. The author described the extent of President Kennedy’s illness, his medications,…

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    Flawed Giant

    Robert Dalleck talked about the life and career of Lyndon Johnson from the time that he became vice president until his death in 1973. He emphasized the feelings of confusion and…

  • President John F Kennedy
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    President John F. Kennedy

    Mr. Dalleck talked about why President Kennedy’s memory is so powerful among Americans. He focused on how the powerful personality of Kennedy eclipsed many of his achievements as President.…

  • Vietnam and the Presidency
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    Vietnam and the Presidency

    The forum participants discussed the costs and consequences of the Vietnam War, especially as it related to the office of the presidency. They also told stories of their involvement in…

  • The Art of Political Biography
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    The Art of Political Biography

    Panel members discussed the art of political biography. They outlined their philosophies of writing history and explored some of the content matter which went into their books. Mr. Ellis…

  • Presidential Records Access
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    Presidential Records Access

    Authors and historians testified about the release of official presidential papers, their use to academics and journalists, and recent decisions by the Bush administration to withhold…

  • Lyndon Johnson 30 Years Later
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    Lyndon Johnson 30 Years Later

    Biographers talked about their relationships with President Johnson and about some of the milestones in his presidency. They also talked about the historical significance of audio tapes of…

  • Media Coverage of the Bush Administration
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    Media Coverage of the Bush Administration

    Participants talked about the media coverage of the Bush Administration. They focused on the Administration’s attempts to manage the media and if the first 100 days are a valid measure of a…

  • Presidential Reputations
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    Presidential Reputations

    Scholars discussed presidents of the 20th century, what lies in store for future presidents, and how historians will view them. The panel responded to questions from the audience.

  • Presidential Power in the 21st Century
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    Presidential Power in the 21st Century

    Historians speculated about presidential power in the 21st century and discussed past presidents who are viewed as powerful. They answered questions from the audience.

  • Presidential Disability
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    Presidential Disability

    Experts from the fields of history, public policy and clinical psychology discussed the history, consequences and remedies concerning a U.S. president’s physical or psychological impairment.

  • History of Presidential Moral Authority
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    History of Presidential Moral Authority

    As part of a symposium on “Policy Directions and Presidential Leadership: After the Votes Are Counted,” the first panel discussed the topic, “Moral Authority, Trust and Presidential Leadership: A…

  • Rockefeller and Johnson Biographies
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    Rockefeller and Johnson Biographies

    Mr. Chernow discussed his book Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. which looks at the life of the first recorded American billionaire. The book also addresses the business practices…

  • Road to the White House
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    Road to the White House

    This program features a discussion about second-term presidents, an Armed Forces Inaugural Committee planning meeting and a newsreel on the 1953 presidential transition. Mr. Duberstein and…