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Letters to Jackie

Posted on: March 1, 2010

Letters to Jackie

The 1963 assassination of President JF Kennedy was a ferocious act that devastated all Americans and the world. This event had a great emotional impact on the whole nation as it had on Kennedy’s family. Within seven weeks of the President’s death, the first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, received more than 800,000 letters, two years later; the quantity exceeded 1.5 million letters. The National archives has destroyed most of these letters since there was no space to store all of them. Hostorian Ellen Fitzpatrick went through the remaining 15000 of these letters and picked about 250 of the most heart-felt letters and published them in Letters to Jackie, a noteworthy book that symbolizes the nation’s grief on the disastrous event. These letters were printed exactly the way they were written; misspelled words or other mistakes were not corrected.  As shown in the book, these poignant letters were written by Americans of all ages, all races, and all statuses. In Letters to Jackie, Fitzpatrick created a record of the public’s most unforgettable, devastating memory.

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