Conspiracy Theories in American History

Conspiracy Theories in American History

Chappaquiddick On the night of 18 July 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne died when the car in which she was riding plunged off a low bridge on the Massachusetts island of Chappaquiddick and landed on its roof in the water below.

Author: Peter Knight

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576078129

Category: History

Page: 925

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The first comprehensive history of conspiracies and conspiracy theories in the United States. * Over 300 A-Z entries on various events, ideas, and persons, as well as crucial supporting and refuting evidence, and competing explanations for the origins, history, and popularity of this mode of political thought * Primary documents from organizations promoting conspiracy theories * Contributions from over 100 international scholars with a full range of historical expertise * Separate section containing about 100 illustrative extracts covering the full range of American history, each with a brief headnote placing it in context
Categories: History

Rhetorical Criticism

Rhetorical Criticism

From Chappaquiddick on he was viewed by many not only as a reckless driver, a heavy drinker, and compulsive womanizer, but also as someone unable to take responsibility for his actions and as a cowardly person who panics and runs away ...

Author: Jim A. Kuypers

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739136178

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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Covering a broad range of rhetorical perspectives, Rhetorical Criticism: Perspectives in Action presents a thorough, accessible, and well-grounded introduction to rhetorical criticism. Featuring nineteen chapters written by nationally recognized scholars, the volume offers the most comprehensive introduction to rhetorical criticism available.
Categories: Social Science



After the Chappaquiddick accident the women refused to comment, except for Esther Newberg, who told reporters she wasn't sure when Kennedy and Kopechne had left the party because her Mickey Mouse watch wasn't working properly.





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Smart. Funny. Fearless."It's pretty safe to say that Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980s. It might have remade New York's cultural landscape; it definitely changed the whole tone of magazine journalism. It was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed, and feared by all. There's no magazine I know of that's so continually referenced, held up as a benchmark, and whose demise is so lamented" --Dave Eggers. "It's a piece of garbage" --Donald Trump.

Hidden History of Martha s Vineyard

Hidden History of Martha s Vineyard

North Neck Road Cemetery, or First Cemetery, on Chappaquiddick, has five graves: Reverend Joseph Babcock Amos (1806–1869); Sophronia Sams Amos (1831–unknown); Jane Sanders Sammon (1753–1853), who lived to be one hundred; ...

Author: Thomas Dresser

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9781439660287

Category: Photography

Page: 144

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Behind the mansions and presidential vacations of Martha's Vineyard hide the lost stories and forgotten events of small-town America. What was the island's role in the Underground Railroad? Why do chickens festoon Nancy Luce's grave? And how did the people of the Vineyard react in 1923 when the rumrunning ship John Dwight sank with the island's supply of liquor aboard? Delve deep below the surface of history to discover the origin and meaning of local place names and the significance of beloved landmarks. Celebrated local historian Thomas Dresser unearths the little-known stories that laid the foundations for the community of Martha's Vineyard.
Categories: Photography

Scandal in a Digital Age

Scandal in a Digital Age

Jack Olsen, The Bridge at Chappaquiddick. (Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1970), 241. Zad Rust Teddy Bare: The Last of the Kennedy Clan. (Belmont, MA: Western Islands Press, 1971), x. Richard L. Tedrow and Thomas L. Tedrow, ...

Author: Hinda Mandell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137595454

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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This book explores the way today’s interconnected and digitized world--marked by social media, over-sharing, and blurred lines between public and private spheres--shapes the nature and fallout of scandal in a frenzied media environment. Today’s digitized world has erased the former distinction between the public and private self in the social sphere. Scandal in a Digital Age marries scholarly research on scandal with journalistic critique to explore how our Internet culture driven by (over)sharing and viral, visual content impacts the occurrence of scandal and its rapid spread online through retweets and reposts. No longer are examples of scandalous behavior “merely” reported in the news. Today, news consumers can see the visual evidence of salacious behavior whether through an illicit tweet or video with a simple click. And we can’t help but click.
Categories: Social Science



AM TROUBLED by Chappaquiddick. I am aware of the polls indicating that the events of July 18, 1969, do not concern a large majority of American voters. I am aware that Joseph and Gwendolyn Kopechne have stated that the drowning of their ...

Author: John Gregory Dunne

Publisher: Zola Books

ISBN: 9781939126221

Category: Biography & Autobiography


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“Funny, outrageous, cynical, and spellbinding.”—People magazine. In this first-ever digital edition of John Gregory Dunne’s acclaimed collection Crooning, readers find evidence from the get-go confirming the writer’s reputation as one of the most clear-seeing, incisive observers of the American cultural and political scene. In sixteen sharp, distinctively voiced essays, Dunne profiles a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter who three decades later passed himself off as a young Chicano novelist; considers the Kennedy men and conservative William F. Buckley, takes us inside California’s labyrinthine water politics and criminal justice system, details the workings of the Los Angeles county morgue, and is on the ground observing in Jerusalem just weeks before the intifada enveloped the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 1987. Here, too, are superbly entertaining accounts of the Hollywood star system and studio machine, Dunne drawing on two decades of experience as an L.A.-based journalist and fiction-writer with regular forays into screenwriting. He is candid and insightful about the business of writing and life of the dedicated writer as well. In “Laying Pipe,” Dunne chronicles the five-year experience of writing his epic novel The Red White and Blue. And in “Critical,” he focuses on book reviews and reviewers from his perspective as an author who, along with manifold strong notices, also received the occasional critical knock. He names names, and takes the opportunity to fire back at one of his critics. Early in Crooning, Dunne tells us that when he tires of the writing grind, he fantasizes about being a Johnny Mercer-like crooner, then reveals a moment later that he is tone deaf. The title, then, is playful - and in more than one way. Instead of writing sweet narrative melodies, Dunne built his career through work that exposes, challenges, thrums with opinion, and bristles with spiky, knowing humor. Download Crooning and dive into a book of provocative reportage, great stories, and witty, vigorous prose.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy

Eventually, the tire burned itself out. and the memory of Chappaquiddick began to disappear into the mists of history. By the time Ted Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008 — nearly forty years after Chappaquiddick— the median ...

Author: Edward Klein

Publisher: Crown Archetype

ISBN: 9780307451057

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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In the most inspiring speech of his career, Ted Kennedy once vowed: "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Unlike his martyred brothers, John and Robert, whose lives were cut off before the promise of a better future could be realized, Ted lived long enough to make many promises come true. During a career that spanned an astonishing half-century, he put his imprint on every major piece of progressive legislation–from health care and education to civil rights. There were times during that career–such as after the incident in Chappaquiddick–when Ted seemed to have surrendered to his demons. But there were other times–after one of his inspiring speeches on the floor of the Senate, for example–when he was compared to Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, and other great lawmakers of the past. Indeed, for most of his life, Ted Kennedy played a kaleidoscope of roles–from destructive thrill seeker to constructive lawmaker; from straying husband to devoted father and uncle. In Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died, celebrated Kennedy biographer Edward Klein at last reconciles these contradictions, painting a stunningly original, up-to-the-moment portrait of Ted Kennedy and his remarkable late-in-life redemption. Drawing on a vast store of original research and unprecedented access to Ted Kennedy’s political associates, friends, and family, Klein takes the reader behind the scenes to reveal many secrets. Among them: • Why Caroline Kennedy, at Ted’s urging, aspired to fill the New York Senate vacancy but then suddenly and unexpectedly withdrew her candidacy. • How Ted ended his longest-lasting romantic relationship to marry Victoria Reggie, and the unexpected effect that union had on his personal and political redemption. • What transpired between the parents of Mary Jo Kopechne and Ted Kennedy during two private meetings at Ted’s home. • Which feuds are likely to erupt within the Kennedy family in the wake of Ted’s demise, and what will become of Ted’s fortune and political legacy. Ted Kennedy: The Dream That Never Died does not shrink from portraying the erratic side of Ted Kennedy and his former wife, Joan. But both in spirit and tone, it is a compassionate celebration of a complex man who, in the winter of his life, summoned the best in himself to come to the aid of his troubled nation.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Left to Die

Left to Die

Q: Now, you say you returned to Chappaquiddick around 7:30 p.m.? A: About 7:30. Q: About that time. Now, were you familiar with the island of Chappaquiddick? Had you been there before? A: Never been on Chappaquiddick Island before that ...

Author: J. B. Shaffer

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 9781606939345

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

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1969, Chappaquiddick, Martha's Vineyard: Mary Jo Kopechne is the unsuspecting victim of a fatal car accident. The driver is Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy. This is a story that details the investigation, inquest, and grand jury deliberations into the young woman's untimely death. Leslie H. Leland, jury foreman, gives his own account of how the entire grand jury was stymied in seeking evidence relating to the accident caused by Senator Ted Kennedy and the threats made on his and his family's lives. A never before reported analysis of how the grand jury was denied its own legal rights, Left to Die is one example of how power and corruption can override America's justice system. Upon hearing the details, one judge stated, "That was not only intimidation, that was tampering with the grand jury." Author Bio: About the authors: Leslie H. Leland is a retired pharmacist. His background is detailed within the book.
Categories: Social Science

Kennedy Nixon

Kennedy   Nixon

The episode at Chappaquiddick could very well be pushed to the back pages, given the historic events miles away. "No," Nixon said. "The fact that it happened this day would make it even more significant, especially the way they would be ...

Author: Christopher Matthews

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780684832463

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 387

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Traces the rivalry between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, whose 1960 presidential contest set America's cold war political course
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Kennedy Imprisonment

The Kennedy Imprisonment

The irony is completed when we learn that, though Kennedy has a hard time showing respect for women, he did respect the six assembled at Chappaquiddick. For that we have the best pre-Chappaquiddick evidence, that of the women themselves ...

Author: Garry Wills

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504045391

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 328

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With a new preface: An “irreverent [and] entertaining” portrait of JFK, the Camelot mystique, and the politics of charisma (The Christian Science Monitor). Described by the New York Times as “a sort of intellectual outlaw,” Garry Wills takes on the romantic myths surrounding the Kennedy clan in this thought-provoking examination of electoral politics and the power of image in America. Wills argues that the much-admired dynasty, beginning with patriarch Joe Kennedy, created a corrupt climate where appearances were more important than reality, truth was discarded when it wasn’t convenient, and an assortment of devoted loyalists sacrificed integrity for the sake of reflected glory. Touching upon topics ranging from the manipulation of the PT-109 story in the media to the authorship of Profiles in Courage to the handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis to persistent rumors of extramarital affairs, Wills offers a persuasive look not only at President John F. Kennedy and his brothers Robert and Edward, but also at the bubble that existed around them and lured in some of the best and brightest of the era. From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Lincoln at Gettysburg and Why I Am a Catholic, The Kennedy Imprisonment is “a brilliant and troubling study of the Kennedy era in American politics” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Categories: Biography & Autobiography