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191 - Logic of Social Inquiry:
The Kennedy Assassination
Prof. John McAdams
Office Hours: MW 10:30-noon, W 2:30-5:30
(and by appointment)
The course will examine the question of who killed John F.
Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in
The single most important objective of the course will be to
sharpen students’ analytical skills in the context of evaluating competing
theories, with particular emphasis on critical evaluation of evidence, and
theorizing in the face of conflicting data.
Jim Marrs, Crossfire (Carrol & Graf)
Robert Groden, The Killing of a President (Viking) –
No reading assignments, bring to class. This is very difficult to find, but well
worth getting if you can find it.
Attendance is optional, although it will be extremely
difficult to achieve a good grade without regular attendance. All readings are
required. All are available on library reserve. Most will be made available in a
packet supplied to students at cost.
Students will be required to view the movie “JFK.” This
can be done in an optional evening session, or the student may do it at his or
her convenience and submit a threepage
reaction paper by Wednesday, Jan. 21. All papers are to be
submitted in 12 point Courier type, double spaced, with one-inch margins all
Exams (two): 20% each
Critical Book Report 15%
Research Project 20%
Exams will consist of essays, some of which will be one-half
to one page in length, and some which will be longer. A study guide will be
distributed in advance of each exam and the final. The research project will
examine a particular, fairly narrow
issue concerning the assassination (example: “Was Frank
Sturgis on the Grassy Knoll”) in light of the evidence. All research papers
should be discussed with the instructor by mid-term. Papers are due at 4:00 p.m.
of the Friday, April 24th. (Some extensions will
be given for students who have difficulty getting sources.)
Length will typically be five to seven pages, but longer with some kinds of
projects. Research projects should use primary sources. There is an option to
count this as a “writing development” course.
If interested, see the instructor. The book report should be
seven to nine pages, should critically evaluate the book, and is due February 18th. A list of
suggested books for reports will be distributed. All books for reports must be
cleared by the instructor by February 4th. There will be a penalty for late book reports and research
or for failure to discuss research projects or clear a book
for a book report with the instructor by the assigned date.
Video Assignment: Oliver Stone’s JFK
I. Shooting in
WCR, Chapter II (“The Assassination”) and Chapter III
Marrs, Pages 1-89, 313-333, 361-378, 435-458
HSCA Report, pp. 41-58.
David Perry, “Rambler Man” (reserve)
HSCA - VI, pp. 1-138, 289-293.
HSCA - XII, pp. 1-32
Classroom Videos: “Two Men in
“Four Days in November”
Testimony / Affidavits of:
Howard Brennan Lee Bowers Emmett Hudson
Roger Craig Jean Hill
Julia Ann Mercer Phil Willis
John Connally Nellie Connally
II. Medical & Scientific Evidence
John K. Lattimer and Paul Heneghan, "Experimental
Duplication of the Important Physical Evidence . . . ," Journal of the
Dale K. Myers, “Badge Man,” Secrets of a Homicide,
HSCA Report, pp. 65-93.
HSCA - VII, pp. 1-137, VI, pp. 225-242.
Classroom Videos: “Nova - Who Shot President Kennedy”
Exam: Wednesday March 4.
III. Tippit Shooting & Arrest
WCR, portion of Chapter IV, “The Killing of Patrolman J.D.
Marrs, pp. 340-360
http://whokilledjfk.net/tippit.htm (I Added)
Documents and Testimony:
Helen Markham Julia Postal
Johnny Calvin Brewer William Scoggins
WCR, Chapters IV, VII, Appendix XIII, Appendix XIV.
HSCA Report, pp. 59-63; VI, 138-225, 273-285.
Mark Zaid, “Oswald & VD: An Intelligence Connection?”
in The Third
Marrs, pp. 539-554
“Another Oswald Sighting Allegations of Lee Harvey Oswald
V. Alleged Conspirators – “The Usual Suspects”
CIA / FBI / Military / KGB / Anti-Castro Cubans / Mafia
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