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American Experience: JFK

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This new portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments and his unfulfilled promise. Produced and directed by Susan Bellows, "JFK" features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, and Evan Thomas.

Senator John F. Kennedy in Boston, 1957.

Senator John F. Kennedy in Boston, 1957.

Credit: Courtesy of Douglas Jones, LOOK Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Taken January 11, 1962: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Speaker of the House John McCormack of Massachusetts. President Kennedy's second State of the Union is titled, "Strengthening the Economy."

Taken January 11, 1962: Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, Speaker of the House John McCormack of Massachusetts. President Kennedy's second State of the Union is titled, "Strengthening the Economy."

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

President Kennedy confers with Attorney General Kennedy, White House, outside of Oval Office.

President Kennedy confers with Attorney General Kennedy, White House, outside of Oval Office.

Credit: Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library

Senator John F. Kennedy in Seattle on the first day of his presidential campaign, 1959.

Senator John F. Kennedy in Seattle on the first day of his presidential campaign, 1959.

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Library

President John F. Kennedy claps while his children Caroline and John, Jr. dance in the Oval Office.

President John F. Kennedy claps while his children Caroline and John, Jr. dance in the Oval Office.

Credit: Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library

Taken November 27, 1962 at Caroline Kennedy's 5th Birthday in the White House nursery: (from left) Caroline, John Jr., President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy.

Taken November 27, 1962 at Caroline Kennedy's 5th Birthday in the White House nursery: (from left) Caroline, John Jr., President Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy.

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Taken August 4, 1962, the Kennedys in Hyannis Port, (from left) John Jr., Jackie, Caroline and John.

Taken August 4, 1962, the Kennedys in Hyannis Port, (from left) John Jr., Jackie, Caroline and John.

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

President Kennedy and his daughter Caroline on a yacht during a weekend in Hyannis Port.

President Kennedy and his daughter Caroline on a yacht during a weekend in Hyannis Port.

Credit: Courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Library

Taken March 12-26, 1962, Mrs. Kennedy on a boat trip with her sister Princess Lee Radziwill.

Taken March 12-26, 1962, Mrs. Kennedy on a boat trip with her sister Princess Lee Radziwill.

Credit: Courtesy of John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum