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Assassination and Its Aftermath: How a Photograph Reassured a Shocked Nation
Assassination and Its Aftermath: How a Photograph Reassured a Shocked Nation
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Assassination and Its Aftermath: How a Photograph Reassured a Shocked Nation

The world was shocked and frightened when President John F. Kennedy was gunned down by an assassin's bullet in 1963. What would happen to the government of the most powerful nation on Earth? When Kennedy's vice president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, took the presidential oath of office on Air Force One just hours after the assassination, the White House photographer was there. Cecil Stoughton's iconic photo showed the world that the smooth and orderly transfer of power called for in the U.S. Constitution had occurred. His photo helped ease the shock, tension, and fear in an anxious country.

Reading LevelGrades 5-7
Interest LevelGrades 5-9
Lexile Level1110L
Early Intervention Level30
Text TypeNarrative Nonfiction
PublisherCompass Point Books
Page Dimensions9 1/4" x 10 1/4"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $35.32 School/Library Price

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School Library Journal Curriculum Connections, "Remembering JFK | Required Readi - Barbara Wysocki

"This book will open a door to that event for students in the middle grades as they witness the day’s events unfold through the pictures captured by White House photographer, Cecil Stoughton. Also included are scenes of happier times as well as others from that fateful day, many illuminated through Stoughton’s point of view." - School Library Journal Curriculum Connections, "Remembering JFK | Required Readi

October 7, 2013

Booklist - Ann Kelley

"STAR REVIEW! The latest titles in the excellent Captured History series once again view history through the lens of groundbreaking photographs. . . .With a clean design and readable text, plus the vivid and haunting photos, the Captured History series makes events in the past feel immediate and palpable—and what better way to get kids interested? Stellar back matter, too, including tips on how to apply Common Core standards." - Booklist

October 15, 2013

Library Media Connection - Laurie Balderson, English Teacher, St. Mark Catholic School, Wilmington, North C

"Nardo does much more than chronicle the photographer’s lives. He gives insight into their private worlds behind the lens of the camera, as well as detailed facts about those people and events caught on film. Engaging text, combined with other resources, and ties to Common Core Standards make these titles a valuable addition to a school library." - Library Media Connection

August 1, 2014


Booklist - Julia Smith

"Top 10 Continuing Series! The stunning books in this series view history through the lens of groundbreaking photographs, zooming in on iconic moments and then placing them in greater historical context. Look for series subsets in world history and sports, too." - Booklist

October 1, 2016

Don Nardo

Don Nardo

Historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about modern history, including studies of the rise of Hitler and Nazism, World War II, international terrorism, and dozens of military topics. In addition, he specializes in ancient history and has published numerous volumes about the histories and cultures of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and peoples of Mesopotamia. Nardo, who also composes and arranges orchestral music, lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

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