JFK: American Experience
Part One (#101)
From PBS - The final installment follows Kennedy through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his... 02:00
From PBS - This episode follows Kennedy into the White House, offering fresh assessments of the successes and... 02:00
The first chapter in Part 1 of the American Experience biography "JFK" - special exemption 09:05
Chapter 1 of Part 2 of JFK - Ask not what your country can do for you... 07:28
Before that moment, beyond the glamour, behind the charm lies the true story of JFK. 00:30
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Series Description: This biography provides a fresh look at an enigmatic man, who remains one of the nation's most beloved and mourned leaders. Beginning with Kennedy's childhood years as the privileged but sickly second son of one the wealthiest men in America, the film explores his early political career as a lackluster congressman, his successful run for the U.S. Senate and the game-changing presidential campaign that made him the youngest elected president in U.S. history. With the benefit of recently opened archives, the film recounts his struggles with life-threatening illnesses and his efforts to keep them hidden from the public. JFK offers new perspective on his complicated private life, including his relationship with his wife, his close connection to his younger brother, Robert and his complex bond with his powerful father. It also reevaluates Kennedy's strengths and weaknesses in the Oval Office as he navigated some of the most explosive events of the mid-20th century -- the disastrous failure at the Bay of Pigs, the urgent demands of an increasingly impatient civil rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the escalating conflict in Southeast Asia.
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These episodes of JFK: American Experience aired in the last few months on Iowa Public Television.