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 the youngest president and the first Roman Catholic. Although he was only in power for 2 years and 10 months his legacy still lives on today, through books, images, buildings and numerous conspiracy theories. American society over 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 formed. The legend developed as a means to alleviate peoples suffering and shock, Kennedy went down in history as one of the most important presidents. He was seen as the mirror of American Culture, the all-American man and with 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 appealing personality but his achievements during his presidency have become matters of much debate. He did do great work to force soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev 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 street would have difficulties in naming a single historical event or achievement which can be credited to JFK.”[1] It is Kennedy’s character and private life that captured the public’s imagination n... ... middle of paper ... ...gcurve.gov.uk/heroesvillains/jfk/default.htm, accessed 06/10/2005 [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 1992) [10] Ibid [11] http://www.jfklibrary.org/lesson_space_race.html [12]H. Brogan, Kennedy, (Longman Press, 1996), p.116 [13] http://www.space.com/news/kennedy_tapes_010822.html [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 1992) --------------------------------------------------------------------- [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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