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Document Walkthrough: Formation of the Warren Commission

This new document walkthrough uses taped Presidential phone calls and relevant memos to provide a chronological walkthrough of the days during which the Warren Commission was formed. These materials provide an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of government in crisis, and help provide the conext for the Commission's later work.

Within a few hours of Oswald's death at the hands of Jack Ruby, high government officials began planning for the process by which the public would be "satisfied that Oswald was the assassin" and had no accomplices. This occurred amidst a swirl of allegations of Communist conspiracy which Lyndon Johnson warned could lead to "40 million Americans" dying in a nuclear exchange.

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