Details About JFK That Have Come Out Since He Died
Published at : 18 Dec 2020
John F. Kennedy is often remembered as one of the most popular American presidents of all time, but his life was cut all too short when he was assassinated in 1963. We've learned a lot about JFK in the decades since his death. Here's how it all changes the historical narrative.
On January 20th, 1961, Kennedy kicked off his presidency with a masterful speech. His inaugural address possessed a powerful balance of hope and foreboding, as it issued warnings to America's potential enemies and urged allies across the globe to band together "against the common enemies of man." Then came a quote for the ages:
"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
Kennedy saw greatness on the horizon, and he needed his fellow Americans to join him. But it turns out that the iconic quote might've been inspired by an important figure from JFK's past. A notebook was discovered in 2011 that belonged to George St. John, former headmaster of the Choate School in Connecticut. A teenage JFK sat through St. John's sermons, and the headmaster's notes included this familiar-sounding quote from Harvard dean LeBaron Briggs:
"The youth who loves his Alma Mater will always ask, not 'What can she do for me?' but 'What can I do for her?'"
Even before Briggs' quote came to light, historian Thurston Clarke pointed out in a 2004 book about Kennedy's inauguration that St. John was known to say,
"[It's] not what Choate does for you, but what you can do for Choate."
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