In this course, we will finish talking about the presidency of John F. Kennedy. What mistakes were made that helped to cause the Cuban Missile Crisis? How did JFK really feel about American military involvement in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam? We’ll look at that, especially the Indochina War, in detail. What was JFK’s relationship with the CIA and the defense establishment? We’ll look at that. How did President Kennedy really feel about the Space Race? One of JFK’s favorite authors was Ian Fleming. Could the real-life “James Bond” have prevented Pearl Harbor? We’ll examine it. Almost 60 years later, why is there still so much controversy and/or disagreement among a big segment of the population concerning the events of November 22, 1963, i.e., the JFK assassination? We’ll examine that tragic day and various theories about who – or what – might have been behind the murder of the 35th president. We’ll look at the so-called Kennedy curse and the so-called zero theory in American presidential history. And once again, we’ll share our “where were you?” stories, that is, where were you when various historical events took place. The format will be lecture/discussion, so please bring all of your questions, comments, opinions, etc. Get ready for a lively discussion about all of these topics, and more!
Fritz Hutchinson has taught in public and private schools, at the junior high and high school levels, for 43 years. He earned a B.S. in History from Ithaca College and an M.S. in Education from Elmira College. Working in public schools in upstate New York from 1973 to 1983, he taught American History, Economics, Afro Asian Culture Studies, European History, expository writing and math. After moving to Atlanta in 1985, he began working at Woodward Academy the following year. There he taught American History, Economics, Government/Economics, and Military History. He retired in 2019. He lives in Powder Springs with his wife and 2 dogs.
#1: JFK Part II: Family, Presidency, and Tragedy
|Start Date||February 07, 2024|
|End Date||March 13, 2024|
|01||Wednesday, 02/07/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
|02||Wednesday, 02/14/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
|03||Wednesday, 02/21/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
|04||Wednesday, 02/28/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
|05||Wednesday, 03/06/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
|06||Wednesday, 03/13/2024||11:00 AM - 12:00 PM||KSU Center||ClassRoom||Fritz Hutchinson|
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