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Jfk's Last Days Essay

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“A man may die, a nation may rise and fall, but an idea lives on” (John F. Kennedy quotes 1). The leader of a country has a great amount of power, and his ideas are able to influence people for years. John F. Kennedy was an intelligent, dependable, caring and principled man. He was also the 35th president of the United States. He not only concentrated on foreign relations, domestic policies, and his main focus, civil rights, but he was a role model to many politicians and private citizens. On November 22, 1963, an assassin cut Kennedy’s life short, but his legacy and his influence lived on. John F. Kennedy influenced the sixties through his actions, his politics, and the legacy left ...view middle of the document...

The group lived on an island for a week, until Kennedy sent a note to the mainland with friendly natives.
On August 12, 1944, Jack’s older brother, Joseph Jr. was killed while serving in the military. For all of Joseph Jr.’s life, his father had intended to get his eldest son into the White House, so when he passed away, that destiny fell on Jack’s shoulders. In 1946, John F. Kennedy was elected to a place in Congress, and after serving two terms, he was elected to the Senate, representing Massachusetts (Hamilton 1-3). He was elected President of the United States in 1961. John F. Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 and the two had three children: Caroline, John Jr., and Patrick; Patrick passed away hours after birth due to a lung problem. John F. Kennedy’s life was not always easy and that was clearly demonstrated during his presidency.
John F. Kennedy ran a tough Presidential campaign with the help of his father against Republican nominee, Richard Nixon. In November 1961, he won by just over 115,000 of 68 million votes (Hamilton 5). After his election, John F. Kennedy had a tough term ahead of him: his three main focuses, Civil Rights, Domestic Relations, and Foreign Policy, all involved very difficult issues that had to be handled carefully. Kennedy tried to help the country get back on its feet after the conclusion of World War II by lowering taxes. In doing so, Kennedy boosted the failing economy greatly. He attempted to bridge the gap between races that had been separating America. “In his campaign for President, Kennedy promised executive, moral, and legislative leadership to combat racial discrimination” (Presidents: A Reference in History 1). He also tried to help developing nations, increase federal aid, provide better medical care for the elderly and revitalize inner-city slums. Perhaps John F. Kennedy’s biggest success was his involvement in foreign affairs – his presidency took place during the Cold War caused by Russia’s nuclear weapons. Also during his presidency was a rise in communism as Fidel Castro gained power in Cuba. In 1962, the Soviet forces began building nuclear warheads in Cuba. Afraid that this would lead to the start of a nuclear war, John F. Kennedy took action. He demanded that missiles be withdrawn and the Soviet bases be dismantled. He quarantined all ships coming into Cuba and any with offensive weapons materials were sent back. By stopping the relationship between Russia and Cuba, Kennedy took decisive steps toward preventing the end of the world by nuclear war. Many say this was Kennedy’s finest moment as President (Hamilton 7).
On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, were traveling in the open, presidential limousine during a motorcade parade around Dallas, Texas. At 12:30 PM three shots were fired: The first hit a tree, the second hit the back of President Kennedy’s neck, exited the front of his throat, then...

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