After President John F. Kennedy was killed, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination. The Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy and that Jack Ruby acted alone when he killed Oswald. The findings of the Warren Commission turned out to be quite controversial.
Another federal investigation into the Kennedy assassination was conducted in 1978 by the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations. Re-examining the evidence considered by the Warren Commission and analyzing evidence that had not yet come to light in 1963, this committee concluded that a plot or conspiracy was involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. The committee was unable, however, to identify other gunmen or participants of a wider conspiracy.
A number of conspiracy theories have emerged since the assassination of President Kennedy. In this lesson students will examine the basic components of twelve of the theories and discuss the merits of each one. Each theory is paired with another theory on a bracket sheet. After determining which theory is more likely to be true in each bracket, students will advance that theory to the next bracket. In the end, one theory will emerge as the one students determine to be the most believable. At that point, students will analyze how likely is it that their “winning” conspiracy theory was the driving force behind the assassination of President Kennedy.
As a lead-in to this lesson, check out the slide show entitled “The Assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy,” which recaps the major events surrounding this historical event. Find it at Link-The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
These other Mystery from History Lessons are also available at my store:
Link-The Lost Colony of Roanoke
Link-The Sinking of the U.S.S. Maine
Link-The Dark Day of New England
Link-Pearl Harbor - Did U.S. Leaders Have Advance Knowledge of the Attack?