chapter  3
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Mourning in the Shadows

Information about John F. Kennedy’s shooting and subsequent deathradiated through the American population like an electrical shock jolting the nation’s nervous system. Just thirty minutes after shots reverberated through Dallas’s Dealey Plaza, 70 percent of American adults knew about the sniper attack.2 In an age before cell phones and internet connections, this fast transmission of information was astonishing, particularly in comparison to the diffusion of news about similar events in the past.