John F. Kennedy

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John F. Kennedy

Black and white portrait of President Kennedy distributed by the White House

John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States. He was also


youngest president and the first Roman Catholic. Although he was only


power for 2 years and 10 months his legacy still lives on today,

through books,

images, buildings and numerous conspiracy theories. American society


the years has portrayed him as an American Hero fighting for peace and

justice. The media have cultivating this image of, “The Camelot

legend.” After

his assassination on 22nd November 1963 the myth of Kennedy was


The legend developed as a means to alleviate peoples suffering and


Kennedy went down in history as one of the most important presidents.


was seen as the mirror of American Culture, the all-American man and


his death, some say his career took off. Polls after his death saw

Kennedy as

being the most popular president, beating the likes of George

Washington or

Abraham Lincoln. Undeniably Kennedy was a great leader, with an


personality but his achievements during his presidency have become


of much debate. He did do great work to force soviet leader Nikita


to back down in the Cuban Missile Crisis and also is famous for

initiating the

space programme. This aside, “Even a well informed person in the


would have difficulties in naming a single historical event or


which can be credited to JFK.”[1]

It is Kennedy’s character and private life that

captured the public’s imagination n...

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[8] B. Dooley, The Cuban Missile Crisis - 30 years on, ( History

Today, vol.42 issue 11. Oct 1996)

[9]B Dooley, John F Kennedy, (Times Archive, vol. 42. issue11 Jan


[10] Ibid


[12]H. Brogan, Kennedy, (Longman Press, 1996), p.116


[14] M Luther King, John F. Kennedy (Transition, no. 15, 1964.) 27-28

[15] Ibid

[16] B Dooley, John F Kennedy, (Times Archive, vol. 42. issue11 Jan



[KY1] /This didn’t happen until well after Johnson. Faith in the

presidency and almost all other institutions was at an all-time high

when K took office.

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