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Free Online Course: The Kennedy Half Century

The University of Virginia is offering a free online course via iTunes U on the Kennedy Half Century. Larry Sabato, Director of UVA’s Center for Politics, will be exploring the impact of Kennedy Politics on America. The class discussion will be hosted on twitter @JFKClass. The book for the course can be purchased on the iBooks store. The course description is as follows:

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 8.36.15 AMWhen John F. Kennedy entered the presidential limousine at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, he began his ride into history. That journey continues even today and we call it the Kennedy legacy. In the weeks leading up to the 50th anniversary of the assassination, this course will explore the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Students will learn how JFK’s life, administration, and tragic death have influenced the general public, the media, and each of the nine U.S. presidents who followed.

Identifying John F. Kennedy’s legacy and influence helps understand many of the vexing problems that developed over the last half century as well as many of the challenges that confront us even today. November 22, 1963 was so powerful a moment that in the fifty years since the assassination, every U.S. President that followed JFK has used Kennedy’s words and actions in an effort to craft their own political image. Why does Kennedy’s influence persist, and will it continue? What are the effects? We’ll address these questions and more as we explore The Kennedy Half Century.

Follow @LarrySabato on Twitter.  He frequently tweets about JFK and other political subjects.

Participate in the Class Discussion Board on Twitter @JFKclass

Take the free course, participate in class discussions, and learn something new!

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Apartment Demolished

Lee Harvey Oswald courtesy of Wikipedia

Lee Harvey Oswald courtesy of Wikipedia

The apartment complex where Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin that killed President Kennedy, lived has been demolished today. Many Dallas residents wanted the building to be preserved and restored as an historical monument. The courts, however, disagreed and as of 8:40 am today, the condemned building has been demolished.

To learn more about the story, see the article on NBC Dallas.

50th Anniversary of JFK’s “We Will Go to the Moon” Speech

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s famous speech in which he outlined America’s goal to put a man on the moon – a turning point in America’s space program.

The President’s speech, in which he stated:

“this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.”

jump-started America’s Apollo program, which would ultimately achieve this stated goal.

Evidently, in spite of his public statements to the contrary, the President had little faith in the burgeoning space program.

“I don’t think the space program has much political positives.”

However, competition with the Russians and the public excitement it invoked kept NASA funded and the Apollo program moving forward.

To read more about the President’s speech and America’s Apollo program, read this FoxNews article. To learn more about President Kennedy reservations, check out this article from MSNBC.