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H.Res. 977: Commemorating the life and legacy of Jean-Louis de Kérouac on the centennial of his birth on March 12, 2022.


The text of the resolution below is as of Mar 11, 2022 (Introduced).


IV

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 977

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 11, 2022

submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

RESOLUTION

Commemorating the life and legacy of Jean-Louis de Kérouac on the centennial of his birth on March 12, 2022.

Whereas Jean-Louis de Kérouac, better known as Jack, was a giant of American literature and favorite son of Lowell, Massachusetts;

Whereas, alongside Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac ignited the literary movement in the 1950s known as the Beat Generation;

Whereas the Beat Generation’s rebuke against traditional values and materialism created the foundation for subsequent counterculture movements in America and beyond;

Whereas the beatnik stereotype dominated popular media and culture in the 1950s and 1960s, an amalgamation of Kerouac’s self-expressive, unconventional characters;

Whereas the Beatles took their name after the movement, while artists such as Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison cite Kerouac’s work as major influences; and

Whereas, more than half a century since his death, Kerouac’s novels still fire the imagination, particularly of young people, and serve as a tribute to their culture-changing origins: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives recognizes and commemorates the enduring contribution of Jack Kerouac’s work to American literary culture and beyond on the centennial of his birth.