Season 8 Episode 4: The First Kennedys with Neal Thompson

April 1, 2022

About This Episode

More than 100 years before President John F. Kennedy would take up residence at the White House, his great grandmother Bridget Murphy arrived on the shores of America. There she met Patrick Kennedy, another Irish immigrant, and they started a life together that would lead to one of America’s most famous political families. We sit down with Neal Thompson to discuss his new book, The First Kennedys: The Humble Roots of an American Dynasty.

View the transcript for this episode.

What We Talked About

  • View newly digitized letters from the collection of Patrick Joseph Kennedy's Papers.
  • Watch a 2022 forum with Neal Thompson about his new book, The First Kennedys.
  • View photos of President Kennedy's visit to his great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy's, homestead in New Ross Ireland
  • Listen to President Kennedy's remarks at New Ross including the story of his great-grandfather's emigration from Ireland