An Investigation of the Warren Report Research Paper

An Investigation of the Warren Report
An examination of primary sources related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
# 144830 | 2,242 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2000 | US
Published on Oct 12, 2010 in History (U.S. Presidency) , History (U.S. Baby Boom Years 1945-1965)

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The writer relates that historians, journalists and curious citizens have wondered if the Warren Report was correct and whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman in the murder of President John F. Kennedy. The writer examines a variety of sources on the evidence related to President Kennedy's wounds and other aspects of what occurred November 22, 1963. The writer seriously questions the validity of the official interpretation of President Kennedy's wounds and opines that the existence of such serious doubts concerning the Warren Report cannot be ignored.

From the Paper:

"When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas, important questions were raised that needed to be answered: who pulled the trigger and why? A Gallop poll conducted in 1963 indicated that more than one half of the American people believed that more than one person was involved in the assassination; the percentage overseas was much higher (1). Was Lee Harvey Oswald the assassin and did he act alone? The persistence of doubt remains.
"My own investigation will examine the nature of the wounds of both President Kennedy and Governor John Connally (who sat directly in front of Kennedy in the motorcade). I will also attempt to deal with the abundance of information concerning the direction of the shots fired that day in Dallas. These factors are essential in order to determine Oswald's guilt--either as a lone gunman or as part of a conspiracy--or his innocence. If at least one shot did not come from behind the motorcade and/or if more than three shots were fired, the Warren Commission findings were incorrect. I will attempt to organize some sort of conclusion concerning the controversy of the case. I will conclude the paper with my own interpretations of the evidence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dudman, Richard, "Commentary of an Eyewitness," New Republic. New York: 21 December, 1963.
  • Ford, Gerald R., A Time to Heal: The Autobiography of Gerald R. Ford. New York: Harper & Row, Publ., 1979.
  • Hearings Before the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy Vol. II. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1964.
  • Hurt, Henry, Reasonable Doubt: An Investigation Into the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. New York: Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1985.
  • Life Magazine, 22 November, 1966.

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