The Assassination of JFK and his Accomplishments while he was in Office.
The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy remains a mystery to this day. Some argue that there is more than one shooter, I personally agree with this theory. Although his presidency was very short, he made great strides in giving the people what he promised. He most likely would have helped America in more ways than one and it would have been great to have seen what he would have accomplished.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas at the Daeley Plaza. On November 24, 1963 a man named Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald while Oswald was being transported to another jail. Oswald was the only known person who could have provided sufficient information about the assassination and he was now eliminated from the investigation. When Kennedy was shot he was barely past his first thousand days in office. He was the youngest man elected President and he was the youngest to die (National, 2008).
Kennedy joined the navy shortly after he graduated from Harvard University. When he returned home he received medals for the Navy and Marine Corps. for his leadership and bravery. After having two severe back surgeries he wrote a book called Profiles in Courage. In 1957 his book won the Pulitzer Prize for the best biography. Before being elected as President of
the United States Kennedy ran for congress in 1946 for the Massachusetts’ eleventh congressional district and he was successful in this election. He served three terms in the House of Representatives despite the fact that he was a democrat. In 1952 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. On July 13, 1960 he was nominated to run for presidency by his party. In the election of 1960 Kennedy defeated his opponent, Richard Nixon. It was a close race and Kennedy won only by a small margin (National, 2008). In his Inaugural Address Kennedy put forth the lasting proposal “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country” (National, 2008 p.4). He wanted everyone in America to want love their country and he wanted American to be the number one country. He asked the nations of the world to join together in fighting “the common enemies of all men: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself” (National, 2008 p.4). It is now nearly fifty years later and we are still faced with all of these problems today. As president Kennedy wanted to keep the promises that he made during his campaign. This is a virtue that seems lost among many politicians today. He wanted the United Sates to make progress and new discoveries in the areas of science, employment, and education (National 2008). Kennedy created the Peace Corps. which many people are still going into today. He also initialed the United Sates into space exploration. Before his presidency the Soviet Union was the leading country in Space Exploration. Kennedy said that “no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space” (National, 2008 p.4). Therefore he approved more than 22 billion dollars to be used for space exploration. He wanted freedom for the whole JFK 3
world; he was not just focused on America. He avoided a nuclear war with Cuba and this was known as the Cuban Missile Crises (National, 2008). Although segregation had been outlawed by the time he was president it was still being used. The Civil Rights Movement was now becoming very active. Kennedy didn’t believe that protests would help. He thought that protests would only anger white people can cause even more problems. Therefore people believe that he was not supportive of the Civil Rights Movement. By June 11, 1963 Kennedy decided that actions needed to be taken concerning the Civil Rights Movement. He proposed a Civil Rights Bill to congress and made a speech saying “One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their...
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