John F. Kennedy

Thirty-Fifth President of the United States

Birth Date: May 29,1917

Birth Place: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States

Death Date: November 22, 1963

Death Place: Dallas, Texas, United States

Cause of Death: Assassinated

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Early Life

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born into the family of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald. he had many siblings and including him there were 9 children total. four sons and five daughters. He grew up with very strict parents, mainly his father. His father and both of his grandfathers were very politically involved. His father was very successful and wanted his children to be just like him. As a kid, John was often sick and stuck in bed. When he wasn't sick in bed, he would be at school. He started out at public school and then transferred to the Dexter School in Brookline. He then went on to go to the Riverdale Country Day School in Riverdale N.Y. He then went to his only experience of Catholic School, at the Canterbury School in New Milford, Conn. He ended up leaving because of illness. Soon after that, he followed his older brother, Joseph, to Choate and graduated 64th in a class of 112. He then went n to London School of economics and dropped out because if illness and went to Princeton to later drop out again from illness. Finally he was accepted to Harvard in the fall of 1936. He started out at Harvard with an interest in sports and later became interested in government because of his father. he worked very hard and graduated cum laude in 1940. He also attended Stanford Business School for a few months.
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Getting Involved

He started to get involved with helping America by attempting to get into the U.S. Army but was rejected because of his previous back injuries. He then pulled some strings and managed to make it into the Navy three months before The Pearl Harbor bombing. he then pulled some more strings and was in training for motor torpedo boats. Spring,1943, he was a Lieutenant (junior grade) and was in command of his own PT boat in the South Pacific. He was called a war hero and his reply to that was "It was involuntary. They sank my boat".The incident caused his back injury to come back and that caused him to be sent home by the military. His brother Joseph was killed and his father looked to him as the one to carry on their family's "banner" in politics. In 1946, he wanted the Democratic nomination for Congress in the eleventh Massachusetts district. He won the nomination and in November he was elected to the 80th Congress. During his years in the House, he focused liberally on social and economic issues such as foreign affairs like the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan. He dealt with things like the Truman Administration in 1949 when they failed to save the Nationalist regime in China. This is when he first got involved with the nations society and when he also started dealing with world issues. He then moved on and ran for Senate and defeated his opponent. In Senate, he continued his interest in social and economic policy.

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Choices & Results

He decided to run for President in 1960 when he lost the vice president position previously. He campaigned a lot and people had some things against him but power through it with his strong words such as "We stand today on the edge of a new Frontier." He defeated Nixon in the election and was the known as the youngest president at the time. In his presidency, Kennedy chose to fight for desegregation in schools and in America as a whole. He sent his brother to the main areas of segregation...the south. His brother endorsed school desegregation. He even sent guards to protect MLK Jr. from white mob violence. He made plenty of speeches about freeing the blacks from segregation. His choice to support and speak out about desegregation caused the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This changed America forever and he will forever be appreciated by his act of kindness for the blacks.
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In His Words

"We preach freedom around the world, and we mean it, and we cherish our freedom here at home, but are we to say to the world, and much more importantly, to each other that this is a land of the free except for the Negroes; that we have no second-class citizens except Negroes; that we have no class or caste system, no ghettoes, no master race except with respect to Negroes?" "The heart of the question is whether all Americans are to be afforded equal rights and equal opportunities, whether we are going to treat our fellow Americans as we want to be treated. If an American, because his skin is dark, cannot eat lunch in a restaurant open to the public, if he cannot send his children to the best public school available, if he cannot vote for the public officials who represent him, if, in short, he cannot enjoy the full and free life which all of us want, then who among us would be content to have the color of his skin changed and stand in his place? Who among us would then be content with the counsels of patience and delay?"
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Since Kennedy made the Civil Right Act of 1964 happen, he has gone on to be a savior for the blacks. He was much loved president (except by a few people, including the one that assassinated him). Blacks now are not discriminated and have equal treatment with any other race. The choice of Kennedy endorsing desegregation in schools started it all and his many speeches ended the battle of desegregation with a win.

Words for him

"When I was a kid, politicians wanted to avoid talking about religion if they could. John F. Kennedy couldn't duck the issue, being Catholic and all. So how did he address it? By reminding Americans that religion shouldn't be an issue, that he was concentrating on big things like poverty and hunger and leading the space race."

"With the sole exception of President Bill Clinton, whose 'bridge to the 21st century' evoked the vision and optimism of other great Democratic presidents of the 20th century, such as FDR and John F. Kennedy, pessimism about America's economic future has been the hallmark of modern progressivism."


1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1981. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This source gives information on the life of John Kennedy. I chose this source because it gave me detailed information mainly on John's childhood which helped when making his "Early Life" section of the flyer.

2. John F. Kennedy." Space Sciences. Ed. Pat Dasch. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This source gives information on the life of John Kennedy. I chose this source because it gave me detailed information on all of the important things that happened in John's life.

3. John F. Kennedy Speaks at Democratic National Convention, 1960." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This is a picture of John Kennedy giving a speech. I chose this because it makes him look like a person who is inspirational and has an important message to get across.

4. John Fitzgerald Kennedy." Gale Biography in Context. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This is simple photo of John Kennedy. I chose this picture to give an idea of what John looks like.

5. John F. Kennedy Material Released By The National Archives In Washington." UPI Photo Collection. 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This a picture of John Kennedy in what looks like a sail boat. I chose this picture because it shows John having fun and not so serious like in other pictures.

6. President John F. Kennedy attends a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, with his son, John F...." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 7: 1960-1969. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This is a picture of John Kennedy with his son. I chose this picture because it captures a scene of youth so I thought it was perfect for the section "Early Life".

7. Visitors Tour The NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex In Florida." UPI Photo Collection. 2009. Biography in Context. Web. 11 May 2016. This is a picture of a picture of John Kennedy in what looks like a museum. I chose this picture because I shows that8 he is a legend that I remembered for his great presidency and the fact that he started space travel in America.

8. I was unable to find the source citation for this source and it only gave me the link. This is a quote about the main things that Kennedy focused on during his presidency. I chose this quote because talks about what he was focused on and what he was about in his presidency.

9. Once again, it didn't give me the source citation for the quote, it only gave me the link. This is a quote about how Kennedy showed a positive side of the Democratic Party. I chose this quote because it's optimistic about the effects that Kennedy left for our country.

10. I couldn't find the source citation or the link for the picture of J.F.K in the section titled "In his Words". This is a picture of John Kennedy giving some sort of speech. I chose this because i thought it would be perfect for the section titled "In his Words" because the quotes used are from his speeches so him giving a speech ties in perfectly with the concept of the section.