Smashing Mythology: Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr. and Bootlegging

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site


Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. is a very complicated figure with a variety of identities over the course of his life: a son, a brother, a student, a husband, a father, a financier, a film producer, and a public servant, but his wealth, his career, and indeed his entire life is often reduced to one-word: bootlegger. It has become part of the Kennedy family story. Ranger Jon explores the origins of this myth in an attempt to explain its continued persistence


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