Daisy Girl Assignments

Daisy Girl Questions

The first assignment are the questions you were to answer after watching Johnson’s Daisy Girl, and Clinton’s 3a.m. ad. 

Elect Me! Create your own political ad! 

The second assignment is the Art project you were to begin during the period.  We are going to work on these on Tuesday and Wednesday March 11 & 12.


The Daisy Girl Advertisement

These are some of the political advertisements we watched on Friday March 7, and Monday March 10.  The first clip is called the “Daisy Girl” ad.  It was run on September 7, 1964, and made people so MAD that they only ran it once.  It’s probably the most famous political advertisement in history.  The voice over “We must love each other…” is President Johnson’s voice. 

Although his political opponent was never mentioned by name, people understood perfectly what he was talking about.  Barry Goldwater was an “Arch-Conservative”  (meaning VERY conservative) Republican from Arizona.  He favored the use of Atomic weapons in North Vietnam, and to fight the communists in Cuba.  It’s a brilliant ad that worked PERFECTLY.  Johnson defeated Goldwater 65% to 35% in the popular vote.

By the way… these are Primary sources. 

This second ad is less than a month old.  This ad was run by Hillary Clinton in Texas and Ohio before their primaries.  The tone between the two ads are similar.  In my opinion it’s important for you to understand how advertisers get you to buy your product.  Politicians, just like detergent makers and auto companies use images to appeal to your emotions.  The Daisy Girl, and Clinton’s 3 a.m. advertisements appeal directly to the same kind of emotions.

Words of Mystery!

The Great Society Crossword Puzzle

This is the crossword puzzle we worked on March 5 & 6.

CSI: Dallas (1963)

CSI: Dallas video questions

This is the assignment for the movie we watched on March 4 & 5.  If you missed that day, watch the videos posted below, and you should be able to answer the questions.  Please let me know if you want to watch the whole film.

Lee Harvey Oswald’s Demise

oswald-shot-by-ruby.jpgThe assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald has done more to start the Conspiracy Theorists than anything else. 

John F. Kennedy Jr.


This is probably one of the most famous images from the funeral of President Kennedy.  The child is John F. Kennedy Jr., who was 3 years old at the time of his father’s assassination.  He is saluting the casket of his father as it passes by.  He standing next to his sister Caroline and his mother Jackie.  It’s one of those pictures that reminds me that while the US lost a popular president, a young family lost their husband and father

Video Clips

The first clip is from the History Channel analysis of the Assassination using computer animation we watched on March 3 & 4.  It’s definately a secondary source, but it does a great job of incorporating the Zapruder film in the analysis. 

In 1991, Oliver Stone directed JFK, it starred Kevin Costner, who played a crusading District Attorney who tried to get to the bottom of the conspiracy to kill the President.  The central theme to the conspiracy is that there was a second shooter in Dallas, who was responsible for the murder of the President. 

In the minds of conspiracy theorists, Lee Harvey Oswald is at best a co-conspirator, at worst a patsy placed at the scene of the crime as a fall-guy, and to provide an alibi for the actual murder. 

The film JFK was so popular that it has BECOME a secondary source to many people.  It provides what it calls evidence that there was a conspiracy to kill Kennedy.  Kevin Costner, played a District Attorney trying to get to the bottom of “the conspiracy” to kill Kennedy.  He re-enacted the assassination during a very dramatic scene during the movie. 

Personally, I think the movie JFK is very well directed and acted by two of Hollywood’s great talents.  It’s dramatic and exciting, but it is quite possibly the single most ridiculous piece of conspiracy theory trash ever shown.  Because the movie was so popular, many people think that it is the truth, and the evidence that it shows is the only answer for the assassination.