Date of Award

Summer 1993

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

James R. Sweeney

Committee Member

Lorraine M. Lees

Committee Member

G. William Whitehurst

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47 M63


This study examines the three decades of literature produced in the investigation of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. With the publication of the Warren Commission Report in 1964, the federal government concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President Kennedy and the wounding of Governor John Connally of Texas. Within two years several books were published which openly criticized this finding and created feelings of suspicion among the public which prevail to this day. This thesis will use a variety of primary and secondary sources to analyze the investigation of President Kennedy's death. In its use of literary stages this thesis will reveal the development of the federal government's view of the assassination and the contrast between the official position and various conspiracy theories which have appeared in the last thirty years. Although many theories have been produced in the three decades of research and debate, no new evidence has ever effectively disproved the initial findings of the Warren Commission.


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