CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 08, 1983
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(Studio) Burial of assassinated President John F. Kennedy recalled; films of that era shown. Myths and reality surrounding Kennedy's response to USSR space achievements, civil rights movement examined. [Historian William LEUCHTENBURG - believes Kennedy's push for moon landing will be remembered.] [Historian William MANCHESTER - recalls his opposition to Kennedy's commitment to space program and President's response; notes Kennedy's stance on civil rights.] September 1962 effort to enroll James Meredith in University of Ms, 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, civil rights unrest recalled. [1963, KENNEDY - considers civil rights a moral issue; elaborates.] [MANCHESTER - discusses Kennedy and civil rights, taping of Martin Luther King, Junior ordered by Bobby Kennedy.] Kennedy's response to Vietnam war and Bay of Pigs recalled. [LEUCHTENBURG - remembers atmosphere surrounding Bay of Pigs fiasco; feels Reagan's invasion of Grenada is direct result of such mentality.] Kennedy's handling of 1962 Cuban missile crisis reviewed; photos shown. [KENNEDY - discusses difficulty of decisions in missile crisis and Bay of Pigs.] [KENNEDY - feels United States took 1st step towards peace with treaty.] Kennedy's impact on American psyche considered.
REPORTER: Dan Rather