Dreams of John F. Kennedy

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Inaugural Address: The Dreams of John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy; even today 50 years after his death, his name still inspires Americans and others around the globe. President Kennedy was elected in 1960; this was the start of a new decade and a new generation and was a time of great change in our nation. Kennedy was the youngest U.S. president in our history and when sworn into office spoke his Inaugural Address. His Inaugural speech addresses many problems faced by Americans and many other people around the world during this. The Inaugural Address focuses on several main points including, segregation and civil rights of African Americans and other minorities, calling all Americans to help both him and the country move forward, and to bring peace and democracy to countries around the world. During President Kennedy’s term in office, the country seemed as if it was falling apart. Segregation and civil rights abuses took place in the southern states and even though it was against the law, those states found a way around it. President Kennedy was aggravated that African Americans, mixed races, and other minorities who were not white had fewer opportunities based on skin color; he defined civil rights as being a moral issue and wanted to put an end to segregation. His Inaugural speech covered many issues during the 1960’s, which he planned to address. To mend those conflicts he aspired to correct unequal rights and for him to do this, he planned and promised a “New Frontier” to the American people, which would do away with unequal treatment and separation of the races. However, because the “frontier” depended on Southerners for it to be passed, it was avoided as much as possible by them and it failed to take place. In Pre... ... middle of paper ... ...ugural Address, segregation and civil rights of African Americans and other minorities, calling all Americans to help both him and the country move forward, and to bring peace and democracy to counties around the world. After his death, Lyndon B. Johnson took office and made promises similar to President Kennedy’s. Johnson too promised to end human poverty but failed doing so due to the war in Vietnam that he hoped would stop communism. President Kennedy’s death put a permanent hole in our nation. Many of his promises even today have still not come true and have not changed even 50 years later. Although he may have ended segregation, many of the issues stated in his Inaugural Address still affect us today. Peace, an end to communism, freedom, etc. have still not been met completely; we just have to wait for the citizens of the world to make that dream come alive.

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