“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
Last week we saw the new movie Jackie. Overall I was disappointed in the movie, some of the casting, the story line and some other directorial choices, but the acting prowess of Natalie Portman was very impressive. I cannot imagine another actress portraying Jackie so well. Then just yesterday I came across this November 1963 UConn Calendar of events. (I think my mother had held onto it because my father came up to Storrs for Dad’s Day, the first weekend of November.) Twice in one week I was reminded of the moment when I heard of the assassination. On November 22nd, I was a young sophomore walking in front of the Girl’s Gymnasium on the Storrs campus and a small group of students were in a high state of agitation telling passersby that Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.
This book was originally written while he was still a senator. Subsequently, after gaining the presidency, JFK called on Congress to undertake a full reevaluation of immigration law; and he began to revise the book for further publication. In August 1963, excerpts of the 1958 pamphlet were published in the New York Times Magazine. He was assassinated before completing the revision, but the book was published in 1964 with an introduction by his brother, then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. In 2008, the book was re-issued by the Anti-Defamation League. The book contains a short history of immigration, an analysis of the importance of immigration in the country’s history, and proposals to liberalize immigration law. And so it goes. Moment by moment. Each forms the next.