Election of 1960

  • November 8, 1960
  • Democratic
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Richard Nixon
  • Kennedy: 49.7% Nixon: 49.6%

The Cold War

  • Defense Secretary Robert McNamara creates strategy of developing an array of military options that could be precisely matched to the necessities of the crisis at hand; called "flexible response"
  • Kennedy sent more then fifteen thousand American men into South Vietnam, which would not allow for a graceful pullout of troops
  • Soviets secretly bringing missiles into Cuba; US President puts Cuba into a "quarantine" until the missiles are removed; Cuban Missile Crisis puts the US on edge with communist control

Kennedy and Civil Rights

  • Freedom bus burned;1961
  • provided support for MLK
  • March on Washington
  • Voter Education Project
  • sent 400 federal marshals and 3,000 troops to enroll James Meredith in college

Kennedy assassination

  • Dallas, TX
  • November 22, 1963
  • Lee Harvey Oswald
  • LBJ sworn in on a waiting airplane