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John F. Kennedy was too complicated to be idolized
When I was 13, my seventh-grade history teacher upbraided me in front of the entire class for being rude and disrespectful to our Founding Fathers. My crime? I had asked how she squared her (rather alarming) passion for Thomas Jefferson with the fact that he was a slave owner and that many historians believe he fathered several children, illegitimately, with a woman he owned.
By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Senior Culture Editor
October 25, 2013