President Kennedy

Chris Henry

Election of 1960

  • close election
  • republican Nixon lost
  • democrat John F. Kennedy won
  • Kennedy's election campaign called "New Frontier"
  • it promised to better the economy and construct reform legislation in education, health care, and civil rights

Cold War

Flexible Response

  • buildup of troops and supplies in order to fight a war without nuclear ammunition
  • created by Kennedy
  • 1961

Kennedy and Vietnam

  • Kennedy didn't want communism
  • Domino Theory
  • he believed is South Vietnam became communist, other areas would as well

Kennedy and Cuba

Cuban Missile Crisis

  • october 1962
  • US saw soviet building missiles in Cuba
  • Kennedy met with secret advisors and put naval blockade around Cuba to prevent use of the missiles and keep out additional supplies
  • Bay of Pigs - American attempt to overthrow the newly established communist government in Cuba by training and sending cuban rebels
  • minimal support from Americans
  • disastrous end

Kennedy and Berlin Crisis

  • 1961
  • last major event in cold war about Berlin

Construction of the Berlin Wall

  • concrete and barbed wire
  • an effort to keep Germans out of Berlin
  • sign of cold war
  • sign of iron curtain
  • during Berlin crisis

Assassination of Kennedy

  • November 22, 1963
  • Dallas, Tx
  • Killed by Lee Harvey Oswald
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