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About the Course

When John F. Kennedy entered the presidential limousine at Love Field in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, he began his ride into history. That journey continues even today and we call it the Kennedy legacy. This course will explore the Presidency, assassination, and lasting legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Students will learn how JFK’s life, administration, and tragic death have influenced the general public, the media, and each of the nine U.S. presidents who followed. Understanding the Kennedy legacy and being able to identify elements of his legacy within the context of modern politics helps understand many of the vexing problems that developed over the last half century as well as many of the challenges that confront us today. November 22, 1963 was so powerful a moment that in the fifty years since the assassination, every U.S. President that followed JFK has used Kennedy’s words and actions in an effort to craft their own political image. Why does Kennedy’s influence persist, and will it continue? What are the effects? We’ll address these questions and more as we explore The Kennedy Half Century. Follow on Twitter: @JFKclass....

Top reviews

Jul 4, 2017

Larry Sabato is a true genius in political thought. Great realizing that he is fascinated by John Kennedy as I am. There was technical difficulty in Coursera realizing that I had finished the course.

Oct 21, 2015

I really loved this class! Professor Sabato taught this class so eloquently and so well. I have studied the JFK Presidency and Assassination for years, and I loved learning more from this course.

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51 - 75 of 127 Reviews for The Kennedy Half Century

By Angelo K

Feb 8, 2019

Loved the course! A must of everyone who would like to learn about the US President Kennedy!

By El c d l a

May 18, 2020

The course is very enjoyable. The figure of Kennedy is addressed in a very balanced way

By Julie C

Sep 4, 2015

Wonderful Course enjoyed every second and looking forward to reading your book

By Barbara A

Aug 22, 2020


By Manuel L

Jul 27, 2020

Excelente curso para ir mas allá en la vida de Kennedy y entender su legado

By Howard S B

Sep 25, 2020

I thought I knew a lot about JFK, boy was I wrong. This is a great course.

By Dutch G

Apr 26, 2020

Excellent. Professor was knowledgeable and well balanced in his approach.

By Clifton L

Jun 20, 2019

Great exposition of President Kennedy's influence in American politics

By James P

Nov 6, 2016

Super fun! Awesome to hear it from someone interesting and exciting.

By Swati A

Feb 21, 2017

It was an engaging course and I look forward to reading the book!

By Hannah G

Jan 31, 2016

thank you! hope to be able to revisit this material in the future

By Sandra R

Aug 14, 2015

I love this course and have learned so much more than I expected.

By Angela W

Aug 27, 2017

Great course. It really re-ignited my interest in history.

By Maximillian M

Apr 10, 2020

Incredible course. Super informative and interesting.

By Shagun B

Sep 24, 2015

Detailed knowledge of American History. Great Course!

By Jake L

Apr 9, 2020

Awesome teacher and love the historical videos too!

By Prasolova S I

Jan 27, 2016

Very interesting! I am enjoying taking this course!

By Alan A M A

Mar 12, 2020

so great!! Thank you teacher and Thank´s Coursera!

By mohd n k

Aug 13, 2015

Very interesting and comprehensive course on JFK.

By Mary B

Oct 10, 2015

Very interesting course. Loved every minute.

By Carlos S

Aug 14, 2015

So interesting!! Quick & easy to urderstand.

By Susanne D

Sep 12, 2020

I devoured every second of the course....

By Amal A E I

Sep 5, 2018

Very good Course , I really enjoyed it

By Thomas M

May 24, 2020

Extremely informative and well-taught

By Jonathan L S

Sep 20, 2020

Very informative and illuminating!