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President John F. Kennedy makes a nationwide televised broadcast on civil rights in the White House, June 11, 1963. Americans often look to presidents for moral clarity in critical moments. Charles Gorry/AP hide caption

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Fathers Of Our Country: How U.S. Presidents Exercised Moral Leadership In Crisis

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