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EXCERPT. Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

EXCERPT. Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation

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“A terrific, original, and important work….Fitzpatrick provides a stunningly fresh look at the impact of JFK’s assassination on the American people.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin

For Letters to Jackie, noted historian and News Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick combed through literally thousands of condolence messages sent by ordinary Americans to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. The first book ever to examine this extraordinary collection, Letters to Jackie presents 250 intimate, heartfelt, eye-opening responses to what was arguably the most devastating event in twentieth century America, providing a fascinating perspective on a singular time in the history of our nation.
“A terrific, original, and important work….Fitzpatrick provides a stunningly fresh look at the impact of JFK’s assassination on the American people.”
—Doris Kearns Goodwin

For Letters to Jackie, noted historian and News Hour with Jim Lehrer commentator Ellen Fitzpatrick combed through literally thousands of condolence messages sent by ordinary Americans to Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, in 1963. The first book ever to examine this extraordinary collection, Letters to Jackie presents 250 intimate, heartfelt, eye-opening responses to what was arguably the most devastating event in twentieth century America, providing a fascinating perspective on a singular time in the history of our nation.

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Letters
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Condolences from a Grieving Nation
Ellen Fitzpatrick
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NOVEMBER 22, 1963
 
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VALLEY CENER, CALIF.NOVEMBER 22, 1963
Dear Mrs. Kennedy,Nothing has been confirmed as yet. Either way it turns out you have my deepest sympathy.Don’t neglect the healing affect of quiet time alone with a quiet horse or dog.Oh my dear, it has been pretty well confirmed that we have lost him. Our prayers are with you.Love,Nancy, Kenneth,Rick, Brandon& Perry Glimpse
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UPPER DARBY, PA.11/22/632:00 P.M.
My dear Mrs. Kennedy.Even as I write this letter, my hand, my body is trembling at the ter-rible incident of this afternoon. I am watching the CBS-V news report. No offi cial word as yet. I’m not of voting age yet but I am old enough to understand the political and diplomatic relations of the world. When the President was campaigning, If I had been old enough, I would have voted in his favor. I knew that then and I know that now. Not because of his youth, his religion, his personality. But because of some indistinguishable influence, perhaps more defined now after a few years, almost a full term, after his election.I’m writing, I know, but what I want to say, I can’t put into words. Perhaps you can read between the lines. Not just “I’m sorry to hear. . . .” but more.
 
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LETTERS TO JACKIE
Good God! Help us! Help us! Tree assassinations are now history and I never thought I’d live to see one, even a thwarted attempt which was close but not, Saints help us SUCCESSFUL. It is a terrible thing to live through.I can’t go on writing now. It’s too much. My prayers are with you and those involved.Larry oomey11/22/63 2:45 P.M.
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DALLAS EXASDEC. 1  1963
Mrs Jacqueline KennedyFirst Lady in our hearts.I live in Dallas, a city bowed in sorrow, and shame. I am 76 years old and live on a social security check I must pour out my heart to you if my feeble hands will hold out to scribble a few lines.I was at Lovefield, when you and John steped from the plane. I was the first man to shake his hand, (from behind the fence barricade). Tat was my life’s fullest moment.And you! Te camera’s were on you, most of that dark day. Heaven must have fortufied you for those hours. No Pen or brush nor gifted tongue could have accurately portrayed your stature in lonliness. Humil-ity, bravery, fortitude, beauty, strength, faithfulness, loyalty, loveliness, and grandure, Rolled into one Sweet Mrs. Amerec of the Ages.Very Sincerely, J.E.Y. Russell
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