The Marriage Of John And Jaqueline Kennedy Essay

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The Marriage of John and Jacqueline Kennedy.

THESIS: Although the relationship of John and Jacqueline Kennedy evolved from
friendship to love, their marriage was filled with tragedy, shame, and change.

I. The relationship of John and Jacqueline Kennedy evolved from friendship to

A. They met at a dinner party thrown by Charles and Martha Bartlett.
B. Their marriage was called “the wedding of the year.”

II. Their marriage had many tragedies.

A. Although three children survived birth, Jackie had many unsuccessful
B. President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas while riding in a

III. Their marriage was filled with shame.

A. Jack had an
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Jack telephoned Jackie in London one day and proposed marriage. The
engagement was announced in June 24, 1953 and the wedding was set for
September 12, 1953. (Davis 316) Joe Kennedy made sure that the wedding was
well publicized as the “Wedding of the Year.” (Mills 108)(Davis 189) Police
estimated that around three thousand onlookers watched as Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Kennedy emerged from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newport for the first time
and posed for the Associated Press, United Press, New York Times, Boston Globe,
Washington Post, and even Life magazine. The reception was held at Hammersmith
Farm and around 1,200 guests sat at tables on the lawn and ate creamed chicken.
Guests danced on the terrace to music played by Meyer Davis and at one point
cleared the floor and watched the newlywed couple dance to “I Married an Angel”
and “No Other Love.” Jackie presented her bridesmaids with monogrammed silver
picture frames and Jack gave his ushers Brooks Brothers umbrellas. (Anthony 81)
Along with Jackie’s two children that survived infancy, she had several other
pregnancies that ended in tragedy. The Kennedy’s first pregnancy in 1956 ended in
miscarriage. Jack’s bad back problems had been flaring up so Jackie played
round-the-clock nurse to him, she changed his dressings several times a day, put on
his socks and slippers, played games with him and helped him in and out of bed.
She exhausted herself doing this and, so…

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