2 Events in Post World War Ii American History

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Phase 3 Individual Project
Shanta Murphy
Colorado Technical University Online
HIST125- 1104B- 08
October 24, 2011

There were quite a few things that have occurred during World War II American history that one could focus on. From all of the events we have to choose from, I am going to briefly describe the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the events surrounding September 11, 2001. Although tragic, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy led to what was started as a great act. Now that the event that occurred on September 11, 2001 has taken place, I’m sure looking back on the events that led up to the tragic event, one would have paid much more attention to and taken caution. Being a service member myself, the event has made a major impact on my life. Born May 29, 1979, John F. Kennedy would become the first president born in the 20th century. Kennedy was a service member in the Navy in which he served during World War II. During his time in the Navy, Kennedy was given command during which his boat was destroyed, throwing himself and fellow crew into the water. Kennedy swam for four hours, being able to save himself and a crewman. From doing so, Kennedy aggravated his back. But there was some good that came from the journey through the water. Kennedy received the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Medal (About.com, 2011). Kennedy ran for the House of Representative and was reelected twice. After which, he was elected Senator from 1953- 1961. Kennedy was nominated to run for president in 1960, against Richard Nixon, who t the time was Vice President for Eisenhower. Kennedy won over the people with his ideas of a “New Frontier”. Only a few years later, on November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m., President Kennedy was assassinated as the presidential motorcade passed the School Book Depository Building in Dallas, Texas (Career Education Corporation, 2010; M.U.S.E.). Word spread quickly. Shortly after being pronounced dead,...
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