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Recasting History:
Lee Harvey Oswald
on Trial
Keith Pruitt
Words of Wisdom
Educational Consulting
www.woweducationalconsul...
Let’s Start with a Brain Gym
• Make as many words as you can in 1
minute from the following word
•Historicity
What is the basic
difference between
fiction and
nonfiction?
The Kennedy Assassination
• On November 22, 1963, while on a campaign swing through Texas, the president
was shot dead by ...
This is a work of fiction But so is much of this
The Zapruder Film
Who?
What?
When?
Where?
How?
What if?
• The conclusion of the United
States House of Representatives
Select Committee on
Assassinations determined that
there wa...
It was here that I was haunted by the
statement of Oswald
“I’m just a patsy!”
• What if he was a patsy?
• He never receive...
Then I saw this!
Curry plants just
enough seeds of doubt
to make a researcher
want to dig further.
No one was closer to
the investigation i...
Building on primary source materials we
began to fill in the “what if” blanks.
Beers picture of sniper’s nest in TSBD
Warren Commission Exhibit
Studebaker Picture of Sniper’s
Nest
Another Studebaker Picture from crime scene
What we created is an historical fiction book that has
perhaps more truth than the Warren Report.
An excerpt from chapter ...
The Lesson for
Students
• History as
exploration
instead of
singular
interpretation
• Primary Source
• Questioning
• Close...
Thank You
Keith Pruitt
Words of Wisdom
Educational
Consulting
www.woweducationalconsulting.com
Recasting history: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial
Recasting history: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial
Recasting history: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial
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Recasting history: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial

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Presented at the Tennessee Social Studies Conference, this presentation tells how the historical fiction book Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial: A Novel came to be written and how historical fiction can help students to appreciate and understand history.

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Recasting history: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial

  1. 1. Recasting History: Lee Harvey Oswald on Trial Keith Pruitt Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting www.woweducationalconsulting.com
  2. 2. Let’s Start with a Brain Gym • Make as many words as you can in 1 minute from the following word •Historicity
  3. 3. What is the basic difference between fiction and nonfiction?
  4. 4. The Kennedy Assassination • On November 22, 1963, while on a campaign swing through Texas, the president was shot dead by a twenty-four-year-old ex-marine drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. … Kennedy’s death was the isolated act of a single individual, the commission concluded. --America Interpreted by Woods and Gatewood, p. 957- 959 • Then, on November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot down as his presidential motorcade moved through Dallas, Texas. Police quickly arrested Lee Harvey Oswald as the alleged assassin. Oswald had ties to the Marcello crime family, had once lived in the Soviet Union, and had a bizarre set of political affiliations, especially with groups interested in Cuba. Oswald declared his innocence, but he was never brought to trial. Instead, Oswald himself was killed, while in the custody of the Dallas police, by Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner who also had links to powerful crime figures. --Liberty, Equality, Power: A History of the American People by Murrin, Johnson, McPherson, Gerstle, Rosenberg, Rosenberg, p. 990 • Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, an act that shocked and saddened the entire world. –The American Profile by Borden and Graham, p. 364
  5. 5. This is a work of fiction But so is much of this
  6. 6. The Zapruder Film
  7. 7. Who? What? When? Where? How? What if?
  8. 8. • The conclusion of the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations determined that there was ever reason to believe that John F. Kennedy died as the result of a conspiracy and that there was reason to believe there was more than one shooter. • But what they nor anyone else has ever done is prove conclusively that Lee Harvey Oswald ever fired a shot at the President.
  9. 9. It was here that I was haunted by the statement of Oswald “I’m just a patsy!” • What if he was a patsy? • He never received a trial. • Why are there still over 50,000 documents about Oswald being withheld from the public?
  10. 10. Then I saw this!
  11. 11. Curry plants just enough seeds of doubt to make a researcher want to dig further. No one was closer to the investigation in Dallas than Curry.
  12. 12. Building on primary source materials we began to fill in the “what if” blanks.
  13. 13. Beers picture of sniper’s nest in TSBD Warren Commission Exhibit Studebaker Picture of Sniper’s Nest
  14. 14. Another Studebaker Picture from crime scene
  15. 15. What we created is an historical fiction book that has perhaps more truth than the Warren Report. An excerpt from chapter 9 page 68
  16. 16. The Lesson for Students • History as exploration instead of singular interpretation • Primary Source • Questioning • Closer Reading • Drawing Conclusions based on facts
  17. 17. Thank You Keith Pruitt Words of Wisdom Educational Consulting www.woweducationalconsulting.com

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