Jfk Assassination Essay

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, or JFK, was the 35th president, and first president of the sixties, from 1960 through 1963. His term was unfortunately, was cut short, because he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. Kennedy was the youngest president who had been elected at the time. While in office, JFK oversaw the Cuban Missile Crisis. When JFK was assassinated, his vice president Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th president. Even though LBJ was the 36th president, he was the 37th vice president. Successes of the sixties were tremendously due to the presidents of the sixties. On June 11th, 1963, the Civil Rights Act was sent to congress by President Kennedy. It wasn't until July 2nd, 1964 though that it was signed by President Johnson. The bill outlawed discrimination based on race, offer equal employment opportunities, and schools were required to be integrated. The Civil Rights Act was also known as the Second Emancipation Proclamation. Three people extremely involved in black rights were Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Rosa Parks is known mostly for refusing to give her seat to a white person on a Montgomery bus. Parks was known as "The mother of the civil rights movement." Another heavily involved person in the civil rights movement was Malcolm X. Malcolm was a very influential and controversial person in the movement. X was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam. Eventually, Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21st, 1965 by Thomas Hagan. One of the most influential people in the Civil Rights Movement was Martin Luther King Jr. King led many non-violent protests to help raise awareness of racial inequality. One of the most famous, is the March on Washington, which King led 200,000 supporters of the Civil Righ... ... middle of paper ... ...eir surf like music, and sixties pop. They also introduced influential harmonies. From August 15th through the 17th of 1969, a music festival called Woodstock was held on a 600 acre dairy farm in New York. Over 300,000 people were in attendance. Tickets were free of charge, and the festival was also known as “three days of peace and music”. Performers included Richie Havens, Bert Sommer, Joan Baez, Quill, Santana, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Crocker, and so many more talented musicians. The sixties was a decade of revolution. Many musicians from the sixties are still well known and even popular today. Without inventions from the sixties many things would not be as they are today. Things within the sixties changed the way people live their everyday lives. Without the sixties, the United States would not be where it is today politically, and technologically.

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  • Explains that john fitzgerald kennedy, or jfk, was the 35th president and first president of the sixties, from 1960 through 1963. his term was cut short because he was assassinated by lee harvey oswald.
  • Explains that the civil rights act was sent to congress on june 11, 1963, and signed by president johnson on july 2, 1964.
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