Caroline Kennedy has praised her mother and others who took part in oral history projects about the Kennedy era.
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“Their most important value is that they make history come alive. They give all of us a glimpse of the human side of the people serving in the White House and remind us that they're just as imperfect as the rest of us.”
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Speaking of her late mother, Kennedy stated: “She straddled two eras...The one she describes in her oral history — when women stayed home and had few opinions that differed from their husbands, and the coming age, when women broke free to become independent and self-sufficient — and she lived fully in both.”
Kennedy said her mother’s changes to the White House, modernizing it were a huge and brave step by her.
Many, including her husband, thought there would be strong critics but no such outcry ever happened.
Caroline thinks an oral history is a vital tool that helps later generations understand
“I think this is a wonderful way to connect the generations and transfer the values that are so important to all of us,” Kennedy said. “From one generation to the next.”