[Marxism] Textbooks Reassess Kennedy, Putting Camelot Under Siege

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 11 07:25:21 MST 2013

NY Times November 10, 2013
Textbooks Reassess Kennedy, Putting Camelot Under Siege

WASHINGTON — The President John F. Kennedy students learn about today is 
not their grandparents’ J.F.K.

In a high school textbook written by John M. Blum in 1968, Kennedy was a 
tragic hero, cut down too soon in a transformative presidency, who in 
his mere 1,000 days in office “revived the idea of America as a young, 
questing, progressive land, facing the future with confidence and hope.”

By the mid-’80s, that heady excitement was a distant memory, and Kennedy 
a diminished one. A textbook written in 1987 by James A. Henretta and 
several colleagues complained of gauzy “mythologizing” about his tenure 
and said the high hopes he generated produced only “rather meager 
legislative accomplishments.”




When discussing the poor, the blacks, the Jews, "he used to say, 'Poor 
bastards.' That was it. There were a lot of poor bastards in this world. 
There were people who either didn't get jobs they wanted or they didn't 
get programs they wanted. That phrase covered so many times when he 
would have turned someone down for a job, or would have turned down some 
legislation that was being pressed on him. You know, 'Poor bastard, 
they're going to feel terrible.'" Kennedy seemed to believe that "people 
who are different have different responses. The pain of poor people is 
different from 'our' pain."

--An unnamed former lover of JFK, quoted in Seymour Hersh's "Dark Side 
of Camelot"

full: http://www.columbia.edu/~lnp3/mydocs/american_left/JFK.htm

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