Jfk Assassination

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John F.Kennedy, or JFK, was elected the 35th president of the United States and served until he was assassinated in November of 1963. Kennedy faced a myriad of both domestic and foreign issues throughout his presidency. Some of the foreign dilemmas he faced include the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and communism in Vietnam. JFK also faced many domestic problems including civil rights, space travel, and federal funding. These policy issues prompted him to make several large decisions that shaped our country. Kennedy decided to aid the South Vietnamese in their fight against communist North Vietnam, fund NASA in their quest to reach the moon, and support African Americans in their search for equal rights. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 19, 1917. Kennedy had a very luxurious childhood as he was the son of a wealthy politician. Kennedy and his brothers and sisters went to private schools and enjoyed the luxuries of servants and lake houses. However, Kennedy’s life wasn’t always easy. He had many health issues that plagued him throughout most of his childhood. JFK eventually made his way through undergraduate school at Harvard. After he graduated from Harvard, Kennedy joined the ranks of the US Navy to fight in World War II. Kennedy commanded a small PT boat during the war and was awarded for his bravery and the injuries he sustained with a Purple Heart. But the war did take its toll on the Kennedys. JFK’s older brother, Joseph Jr. was killed during the war. Before Joseph Jr. died, his father wanted him to eventually become the president. These aspirations were taken up by JFK after Joseph Jr.’s death. Kennedy began by running for a seat on the House of Representatives. He won by a large marg... ... middle of paper ... ...the CIA. The 1,500 refugees were sent on a covert mission and landed at the Bay of Pigs on April 17, 1961. Despite having been trained by the CIA, the refugees were quickly crushed by Castro’s forces. Once word had reached the states, the Kennedy administration quickly came up with a cover up story. This story quickly toppled over, and it was clear that Washington was behind the attack. The Bay of Pigs wasn’t the only foreign policy incident that took place in Cuba; there was also the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Soviet Union’s President Nikita Khrushchev ordered a deployment of soldiers and long range nuclear weapons to Cuba. When US air reconnaissance alerted Washington of the danger, the Kennedy administration began to examine their options. They had several choices, but JFK eventually chose a naval blockade backed up with the threat of immediate military action.

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