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John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums (1965) Poster

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Offscreen Narrator: But the word that very few spoke, and the word with perhaps the greatest truth, was the word "prejudice". And most of the United States knew there was prejudice and wanted it to end. But even as the signs came down, the prejudice did not end.

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Offscreen Narrator: And it was true the President was killed. But it was also true that the assassin missed his target, for he wanted John Kennedy to die, and that he was unable to do. For no man can take away years of lightning with a single day of drums.

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Offscreen Narrator: [about November 22, 1963] The morning came, but the sun would set at midday.

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Offscreen Narrator: It was over. The crime was done. History will take up its cold pen and book, and write in chronological order the events of the day with the date, the time, and the city. But history will be wrong. For there wasn't one date, one time, or one city.

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Offscreen Narrator: The wave of the arts and creativity in the White House spread over Washington, and in the evening the daylight discussions of McNamara, Harriman and Rusk were replaced by Grieg, Chopin, and Liszt.

[offscreen, the sound of a solo piano playing classical music]

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Offscreen Narrator: [just before JFK is shown delivering the Cuban Missile Crisis speech] The President was set back at the Bay of Pigs. In 1962, he could not be set back, or it could mean war, and a hushed and awestruck world listened to every word of the President.

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