JFK condolence letters published for 1st time

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2010 at 7:34 AM

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Most of the 1.5 million condolence letters sent to President John F. Kennedy's widow after his assassination were destroyed, and the 200,000 or so pages that were saved have been hidden away in the archives of his presidential library in Boston.

More than 200 of the letters have now been published for the first time in "Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving a Nation."

Author Ellen Fitzpatrick, a University of New Hampshire history professor, spent months reading 15,000 letters and then contacting hundreds of the writers and their heirs to get permission to publish them.

The book includes three sections: vivid recollections of the day Kennedy was killed; letters that express views on society, politics and the presidency; and personal experiences of grief and loss.

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