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Starting Points

America's history after World War II is marked by several turning points, where a single event changed the course of history. For many of these events, particularly the political assassinations of the 1960s, the official explanations are lacking in credibility. Explore the evidence, history, and unexplained stories associated with these turning points.



JFK Assassination

John F. Kennedy Assassination

November 22, 1963 - The assassination of President Kennedy spawned several investigations, hundreds of books, a host of theories, and several million pages of government files. Who killed President Kennedy? Was there a government cover-up? Why is Kennedy's murder relevant in the 21st century?



MLK Assassination

Martin Luther King Assassination

April 4, 1968 - Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a single bullet in Memphis, Tennessee. Did James Earl Ray pull the trigger? Why did the House Assassinations Committee declare a "likely" conspiracy? Why was a 1999 civil trial to determine the truth virtually blacked out in the news media?



RFK Assassination

Robert Kennedy Assassination

June 5, 1968 - An open-and-shut case. Sirhan Sirhan was caught with a gun in his hand. Then what about the extra bullets amd guns, the girl with the polka-dotted dress seen in Sirhan's company, and the bizarre repetitive writing in Sirhan's notebooks? Was he a Manchurian Candidate? A clever assassin with unsought accomplices?



Watergate

Watergate

1972-74 - A "third rate burglary" soon turned into a scandal, culminating in televised hearings which galvanized the nation, and a series of revelations of cover-up and abuse of power that swept President Nixon from office. What was the Watergate crisis all about? What mysteries were never resolved by media and Congressional investigations?



Intelligence Agency Investigations

Intelligence Agency Investigations

1975-76 - The Watergate scandal, the fall of President Richard Nixon, and the election that fall of a "reform Congress" set the stage for Congressional investigations into illegal activities and other abuses by US intelligence agencies, particularly the FBI and CIA.


MFF Archive

The MFF Digital Archive contains a wealth of primary and secondary sources on these events.


Documents - Over 1,000,000 pages of reports, transcripts, memos, and other investigative files.

Multimedia - Thousands of photographs, video segments, and audio clips.

Books - Browse, rate, and search hundreds of books.

Essays - A browseable and searchable portal to hundreds of essays by various authors on sites across the web.

Journals - Electronic back issues of several popular journals.


Resources

Other resources include:

Projects - Interactive research projects developed by Mary Ferrell and others.

Walkthroughs - Structured walkthroughs of documents on important topics and books.

Book Resources - Resources for further exploration relating to particular books.

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