John F. Kennedy remains central to both the American and the global imagination. Featuring essays by leading literary critics, historians, and film scholars, The Cambridge Companion to John F. Kennedy addresses such topics as Kennedy's youth in Boston and his time at Harvard, his foreign policy and his role in reshaping the US welfare state, his relationship to the civil rights and conservative movements, and the ongoing reverberations of his life and death in literature and film. Going beyond historical or biographical studies, these chapters explore the creation and afterlife of an icon, a figure who still embodies - and sparks debate about - what it means to be American.
Table of Contents
1. Kennedy, Boston, and Harvard Eoin Cannon; 2. Kennedy and the Catholic Church Paul Giles; 3. The Kennedy–Nixon debates: the launch of television's transformation of US politics and popular culture Mary Ann Watson; 4. 'Investing in persons': the political culture of Kennedy liberalism Sean McCann; 5. JFK and the civil rights movement Douglas Field; 6. Kennedy, the Cold War, and the national security state Andrew Preston; 7. JFK and modernization theory Amanda McVety; 8. JFK and the global anticolonial movement Vaughn Rasberry; 9. Kennedy and postwar intellectual culture John Hellmann; 10. The Camelot presidency: Kennedy and postwar style Lee Konstantinou; 11. The Kennedy assassination and postmodern paranoia Peter Knight; 12. An eternal flame: the Kennedy assassination, national grief, and national nostalgia J. D. Connor; 13. Free the world and your ass will follow: JFK and revolutionary freedom in sixties youth culture Sally Bachner; 14. The Kennedy family romance Michael Trask; 15. Kennedy and the conservatives Robert Mason; 16. The Kennedy legacy: from hagiography to exposé and back again Loren Glass.