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Report of the President’s Committee on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Warren Report), vol. 1, 1964

Chief Justice Earl Warren led the presidential commission that studied the Kennedy assassination. The Warren Report concluded that Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, acted alone. But in 1975, when bystander Abraham Zapruder’s film clip of Kennedy’s shooting was shown on network television and a congressional investigation revealed CIA links to assassinations of foreign leaders, questions again arose about Kennedy’s death.

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Report of the President’s Committee on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Warren Report), vol. 1, 1964 - Book Binding Report of the President’s Committee on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Warren Report), vol. 1, 1964 - Title Page

The Kennedy and King Assassinations

The assassinations of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 devastated the nation. A 1964 presidential commission report on the Kennedy murder failed to satisfy the public, and there were lingering questions surrounding the King assassination. To bring closure to these tragedies, Representatives Thomas Downing of Virginia and Henry B. González of Texas, along with the Congressional Black Caucus, pressed for new investigations of both assassinations. In 1976 the House established the Select Committee on Assassinations.

Assassination is more than a deadly assault: It is an attack on the foundations of democracy . . . ; it undermines the political system . . . ; it produces fear among the citizenry

Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations . . . , 1979