JFK

35th President of the US

ABOUT HIS TERM


  • 35th president of the U.S.
  • January 20th of 1961 to November 22nd of 1963
  • JFK was explicitly a Roman Catholic
  • Discussed his opinions openly, garnering support
  • gave a speech at the Democratic Convention called the "New Frontier" speech
  • 1960 election= closest presidential election since 1916
  • against Democrat Richard Nixon of California
  • Won by total of 0.1% Of all votes combined against Nixon.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Was his runningmate

HIS HAND IN THE COLD WAR


  1. Against the Soviets
  2. Believed that America lacked leadership
  3. Gave Pro-Moral speeches which increased troop numbers
  4. Separation of Berlin occurred shortly after his election
  5. allied powers helped rebuild West Berlin


Oct. of 1961 - Cuban Missile Crisis
  • supported "Domino Theory", the theory that if one country became communist the surrounding countries would as well- garnered support for intervention
  • Unable to send advisers due to treaties
  • Held off on attacks on cuba even with recommendation from officials
  • negotiations in secret told Cuba to re move it's missiles if US would remove their Missile Silos from Turkey
  • Well regarded, as it could have possibly killed many people to start a battle
  • Kennedy believed Eisenhower in terms of conflict with Vietnam
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A TIME FOR CHANGE- RAPID CHANGE

WHAT HAPPENED IN :1968

-Called "The Year That Rocked America"

-assassination of both Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King

-photos of sunrise from from moon on Apollo 8

-Government lies to US about winning Vietnam War to keep peace at home

-Gay rights movements start to take shape


Civil Rights starts a craze

-JFK was heavily against racism and segregation, Believed that it was unconstitutional

-put the cold war over higher priority in the beginning of his presidency

-"Freedom Riders" went to the South to stop segregation

-March on Washington, august 1963 march by MLK of 200000 people in support of civil rights legistlation

-Federal Marshalls Assisted the Freedom Riders

-Executive Order of 10925- government contractors required to ensure employees are treated equally

-24th Amendment put in place stating that poll taxes couldn't be put in place, which were used to discourage certain people from voting

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Assasination of JFK



  • Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline, Texas Governor John Connally, and Connally's wife Nellie were traveling in a presidential motorcade through downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963
  • Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald from a warehouse window with a sniper rifle while passing through Dealey Plaza,
  • Oswald was later killed by Jack Ruby as he was being transported