“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”- John F. Kennedy.
The Legacy of John F. Kennedy
November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. This was a shattering event that would change the pace of the 1960’s. Due to Kennedy’s death, many of the things that he had started would then be forgotten or finished by his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The sudden death of President Kennedy brought the sudden succession of LBJ. John Kennedy left this world with a legacy of things that he was handling or changing in our world. From the Space Program to the growing conflict in Vietnam.
A more specific list for the things that the event of the assassination changed starts with the Presidential election...
Due to the death of President John F. Kennedy, his Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was made the President of the United States. While on the Presidential plane, Air Force 1, on the day Kennedy died, Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated as President of the United States. This marks the first time in history that an inauguration had happened this way in a time of crisis. This sudden change would piggyback the rest of the effects from this assassination.
If John F. Kennedy had won his reelection, which there was a good chance, his health also had a good chance of taking his life later on in the next term. This was due to his constant medication for his advancing Addison’s disease. John Kennedy’s body would have been fighting deterioration for the next five years, maybe more, maybe less.
John F. Kennedy introduced the Civil Rights Act in June of 1963. This is another event in the 1960’s changed by the death of President Kennedy. While John Kennedy lived, he faced issues with the act. One being the biggest issue was, Congress didn’t agree with the Civil Rights Act.
Before the death of Kennedy, the act would not have been passed until after John F. Kennedy won his second presidency. Which him winning the election of 1964 was not guaranteed. But due to his death, the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson was able to make it happen at a faster...
Johnson. Due to the loss of President John F. Kennedy, the Soviets continue to mistrust American officials. Without President Kennedy, the Cold War went on leaving a distrust between America and the Soviet Union for nearly a quarter of a century.
The Vietnam War is another event that was changed by the death of President Kennedy. John F. Kennedy made a priority to stabilize Vietnam in fear of losing all of Southeast Asia. How he would have done that is only based off clues.
Kennedy’s goals were on more diplomatic terms than that of which Johnson had handled it after his death. John F. Kennedy wished to assist with military material and advisors, without putting American troops in Vietnam.
Due to the President's death the only thing we know is that J.F.K’s plan was to get out of Vietnam as fast as possible. This was not the case after his death. Instead President Johnson and Nixon led a decade-long war in Vietnam. This goes in history as one of the most gruesome, hard fought wars, that we most definitely...
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