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JFK: 50 years later

Kennedy murder a breakpoint in time

On Nov. 21, 1963, John F. Kennedy gave a speech in San Antonio. Americans “stand on the edge of a great era,” the president declared, “filled with both crisis and opportunity, an era to be characterized by achievement and challenge.”

Those words might be written off as standard presidential boilerplate, uplifting rhetoric of the sort that Kennedy did so well.

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