History 102 – Final Paper
The 1960s was one of the most crucial periods in the history of the United States. It was a decade that divided and united the nation. This era was also the time where America lost its innocence in the social, political, cultural, and global world.
One of the most well known and influential figure of the decade was John F. Kennedy. President Kennedy overcame doubts about his age and religion to win the election of 1960. During his campaign he launched a set of domestic reforms he labeled as the “New Frontier” (Brinkley 759).
Kennedy being an attractive and intelligent man influenced the nation with his personality and charm. Nothing demonstrates this more than the public reaction to the tragedy that took place on November 22, 1963. Kennedy was making a routine political appearance in Dallas, Texas, where he was to drive through of Dealy Plaza in his presidential motorcade. As the presidential limo slowly made its way through the streets of Dallas, shots were fired. Two bullets hit Kennedy-one in the throat, the other in the head (Phillips 7). He was taken to Parkland hospital, where shortly after he was pronounced dead (11). Later that day, 24-year old Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the crime of assassinating JFK. While in custody, Oswald never confessed to the crime maintaining that he was innocent (14). “I’m just a patsy!” he proclaimed (14). Two days later as Oswald was being transferred to another jail, he was murdered by a Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby (14). Lyndon Johnson appointed a Commission to investigate the assassination. The commission was headed by Chief Justice Earl Warren (15). The Warren Commission found that Oswald and Ruby acted alone, and that there was no conspiracy (16). That’s what the history books say. However, many Americans, including myself believe that the Warren Report ignored and may have even covered up... [continues]
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