(Article changed on November 21, 2013 at 14:45)
Duluth, Minnesota (OpEdNews) November 21, 2013: As the media have reminded us for more than a week now, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
But are Americans really interested in learning about President Kennedy's assassination?
We Americans collectively represent the "new Adam." This is part of our cultural heritage, part of our cultural DNA.
You remember the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis. In the Christian tradition of thought, the story of Adam and Eve is also known as the story of the Fall.
However, for the "new Adam" there has not been any Fall.
As the collective "new Adam," we Americans are "innocents" -- as the biblical Adam was supposedly "innocent" before the supposed Fall.
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We Americans are such "innocents" that we prefer to imagine that a coup d'etat did not occur on November 22, 1963, when President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Some American "innocents" even prefer to imagine that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter who shot President John F. Kennedy with a magic bullet that also hit Governor John Connally, who was seated on the jump seat in front of Kennedy.
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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...
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