President Kennedy’s topper

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  • Published 20160503
  • ISBN: 978-1-925240-81-8
  • Extent: 264pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

IN JANUARY 1961, nobody on earth symbolised the future like John F Kennedy. At his inauguration the youthful president took to the microphone on a raised dais outside the Capitol Building and spoke of change and renewal, and of a ‘torch being passed’ to a younger generation. He was the embodiment of a new beginning.

And yet, when you look back at the official photos from that event, the story they tell is a far more complex one. There is Kennedy, both before and after his speech, dressed in the most old-fashioned attire: a top hat, black morning coat and grey striped trousers. Symbols not just of another era, but of a past he was busy reassuring the American people they had just put firmly behind them. 

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Antony Funnell

Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award-winning broadcaster and journalist. He presents the Future Tense series on ABC Radio National. He is also the author...

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