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The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After
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The moments and hours after JFK's tragic assassination were some of the most formative and important for our country, but the true story has rarely, and only partially, been told. For the first time, using never-before-seen transcripts only recently made public, this film pieces together the 24-hour period after the shots were fired. The timeline reveals startling new information about the death of the president and the traumatic transfer of power to his successor, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson. From new details about when JFK really died, to the truth behind LBJ's Oath of Office photo on Air Force One, THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION: 24 HOURS AFTER uncovers an unfamiliar story born out of one of the most crucial days in American history.
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It opens at thirty minutes before the assassination. It shows the famous "Zapruder film" footage and the race to Parkland Hospital and events therein. The narration is inter-cut with voiceover's by Secret Service men and Lady Bird Johnson. The program shows the large amount of confusion and shock that was occurring, thereafter. The one who comes shining through all of the events is First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy. She leaned over and covered her husband's body after arrival at the hospital. The only time she left his side was when JFK was in the OR. Johnson is finally told at 1:10 PM was has happened to JFK. The fact the Secret Service men and JFK advisors had to basically "steal" JFK's casket in order to leave the hospital is like a "dark comedy", which sadly was true. After that the anger, tension and bad blood between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy is shown. It is this section and that relationship that contains the most drama, speculation and conjecture by the historians of the show. They state everything as fact, but it is more POV pushing.
In the end, the best part of the program was the information gleaned from the notes by respected historian, William Manchester from 1964-1965 generated originally for his tome, "The Death of a President: November 1963". A book that hopefully will be re-printed over the next few years as the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination draws near.
This documentary is excellently produced and priced. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know what happened during the 24 hours after the Kennedy Assassination and how the personalities of those involved played out.
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Quality of (Four Days in November) wasn't very good. The story was OK.
(24 Hours After) was good.
I used this with my gifted 8th graders to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Janet
Watching it right now. Tidbits that have not been released in other videos. The movie is worth watching for any Kennedy fan.Published 22 months ago by bd
I showed parts of this dvd to my 7th grade students. They were fascinated by the tragic loss of our President.Published on January 4, 2014 by geneva brown