A Nation Grieves With Jackie Kennedy

Over 1.5 million letters sent to first lady after husband's assassination.
2:30 | 11/22/13

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-- Now. Dear mrs. Kennedy and I'm very sorry your husband had shot because if you had spent fifteen years since Kevin -- -- held this letter in his hands he was eight years old. In 1963. So upset by the loss of president Kennedy and he decided to write in the First Lady that generation -- -- -- -- -- hurt you forgive me small innocent thoughts public confused and sad little boy from Michigan. This Kevin's hand -- no movement was one of a million and a half condolence letters that overwhelmed the White House in the days following Kennedy's assassination. Over the years. That the collection was called to 151000. Letters and and largely forgotten -- sitting in the archives of the John F. Kennedy library in Boston. A literary time capsule. That Allen Fitzpatrick. Historian and University of New Hampshire professor. And failed to the world in a book written letters to Jackie. I've been teaching. And were searching modern American history for thirty years and I had never CNN's Richard collection. Of material documenting. As many diversity group. Voices. In a moment of historical. Cataclysm that. And my dear mrs. Kennedy I am the only one of the millions of people who -- shocked and stunned that this monstrous crime and it. And never until last Friday have myself such desperate sense of loss and loneliness. There were letters from people who wrote -- says -- I was looking forward to voting against her husband in 1964 and now -- been deprived of the opportunity. And many people who disagree violently with his point of view. Nonetheless expressed there horror that this event had occurred in the United States -- -- -- How many mrs. Kennedy and humor and we don't know. All we know ends what she said. When she think the country for these letters Houston. She read them -- she couldn't bear to read them. Opening the possibility. The First Lady may have read Kevin's letter. Her respectfully Canon rebel aging it. --

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