The Kennedy Years and Camelot

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There were two essay questions which I found equally interesting. Question one about President Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. As a business student, the change in the economy after the depression led by President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” shaped the economic growth in the country. The tenth question regarding President John F. Kennedy’s “Camelot” was also fascinating. His inaugural address is one of the most memorable, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country”. He was the youngest president elected into office at the age of 43. (Theodore Roosevelt was age 42, who became president following William McKinley's assassination) Kennedy was also the first Catholic to be elected president. I choose to write my essay on JFK’s Camelot for his many firsts. John F. Kennedy was the second son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Sr. an American businessman, investor, and Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Joseph Kennedy Sr. had aspirations for his sons to be in politics. His first son Joe Jr. was killed in the military, John the second son became the focus for his father’s political career. John Kennedy is also known as Jack, represented Massachusetts's 11th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 as a Democrat. Thereafter, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1953 until 1960. Kennedy defeated Vice President and Republican candidate Richard Nixon in the 1960 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy) The Kennedy/Nixon debates prove to be crucial for JFK; it was a close election and many said that the debates may have helped the charismatic Kennedy win despite having to overcome public concern that he might be influenced by his Catholic Church and the pope. It was t... ... middle of paper ... ...Kennedy a great president, they fail to notice some of the mistakes which took place during his administration. I am sure that if he had been given the opportunity to continue to serve in the White House there would have been many more first and many indiscretions, along with some failures. Works Cited American A Narrative History: George B Tindall and David E. Shi Copyright 2013, 2010,2007,2004,1999,1992,1988,1984 By: W.W Norton & Company, Inc. A Hero for Our Time Ralph G. Martin Copyright 1983 by Badwagon, Inc. Macmillan Publishing Company April 25, 2014 Peace Corps http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/Peace-Corps.aspx April 25, 2014 John F. Kennedy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_F._Kennedy May 1, 2014 Vietnam http://www.shmoop.com/vietnam-war/john-f-kennedy.html
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