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Jeni Sacklow Mr. Lynch APUSH J.F.K.: three letters recognizable by almost every American. Behind those three letters lies the legacy of one of the most memorable presidents in American History – John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The youngest man to ever be elected president, John F. Kennedy left his mark on America during his unusually short duration in office. In those 1,036 days as President of the United States, J.F.K. beneficially impacted America through his revolutionary modern politics, improvements in cultural and economical areas, and foreign policy advances, but also impacted in an unfavorable way by creating distrust between the government and the American people. John Fitzgerald Kennedy ran for president on the Democratic ballot during the 1960 election against Richard Nixon. Although a very close election, Kennedy emerged victorious. And with that victory came a new time for America. John F Kennedy’s election as the 35th President of the United States marked the first election of a Catholic President – and the only Catholic President to date (“JFK in History”). But Kennedy’s religion wasn’t the only new part of his presidency - the campaign and presidency of JFK created an entirely new image for Presidents. Kennedy’s young, agile appearance and relatable demeanor opened the door to politics to younger generations - especially ones who watched television The Kennedy-Nixon election marked the beginning of television playing a major role in a presidential election. Kennedy appeared comfortable, friendly, and telegenic (Allen, Durando, Murphy, Hargro, and Gelles). For the first time, the President was much more than just a stiff political figure. Kennedy was a fresh face to American Politics. H... ... middle of paper ... ...2013. Web. 02 June 2014. ""Ich Bin Ein Berliner" Speech (June 26, 1963)." Miller Center. Miller Center, n.d. Web. 04 June 2014. "JFK in History." John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), n.d. Web. 29 May 2014. "John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy." Introduction. People Who Shaped the Century. Alexandria, Va: Time-Life, 1999. N. pag. Print. "John F Kennedy and Vietnam". 2014. Web. Sabato, Larry J. Kennedy Half-century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F... S.l.: Bloomsbury, 2014. Print. "The American Experience: JFK - Legacy." American Experience. PBS, n.d. Web. 02 June 2014. "The Great Society." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 02 June 2014. Zimmer, Ben. "Jackie Started The Legend of JFK 'Camelot'" The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, 22 Nov. 2013. Web. 02 June 2014.
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