The Legacy of Jackie Kennedy: An Influential Icon

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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ passion for fashion, grace, intellect, and ability to relate to those of all ages, has her remembered as the most influential First Lady in American History. Throughout her life Jackie Kennedy affected countless Americans on many different levels. Mothers, children, and even men looked up to her and wondered how she would amaze them next with either her charm, sense of style, or ability to handle almost any situation with grace that came her way. A loving and affluent family from New York raised Jacqueline Kennedy. She attended one of the most prestigious private schools in the area. Jackie had the opportunity to study foreign language such as French, as well as art, music and literature. She took the time to enhance her character by learning and studying etiquette and social skills. “As a young child, she loved horseback riding, reading, and lacrosse. She went to Vassar College in New York, and spent her junior year abroad in France.” (Biography) Winning many awards for her appearance and social elegance, and hobbies, Jackie became a well-known teen throughout the area as she was growing up. Jacqueline Kennedy’s prominent, well-rounded childhood greatly influenced her role as First Lady. Jackie’s gracious style and her passion for history and the arts led to many great things for the White House. “As first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy planned important dinners and events at the White House and invited artists, writers, scientists, poets, and musicians to mingle with politicians, diplomats, and statesmen.” (jfklibrary) Most found her outgoing, personable, and her ability to easily host events at the White House, refreshing. “Jackie gave the Kennedy’s the social respectability they lacked.” (Heymann)... ... middle of paper ... ...rote a weekly newspaper column, Campaign Wife, which was distributed across the country.” (jfklibrary) Jackie inspired many women across the country, that you can not only have children, and but the first lady, but also maintain a job as well. Works Cited Heymann, C. David. Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story. New York: Atria, 2009. Print. Smith, Sally B. Grace and Power. N.p.: Random House, 2004. Print. Lovelady, Cambria, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 2005, p1-3. 2p http://web.a.ebscohost.com/src/detail?sid=35975a06-ae44-4d2f-8aa8-21e4a7e78a90%40sessionmgr4004&vid=1&hid=4212&bdata=JnNpdGU9c3JjLWxpdmU%3d#db=mih&AN=15316716 "When Did Jackie Onassis Die?." YourDictionary, n.d. Web. 4 May 2014. . “Life of Jacqueline B. Kennedy” http://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/Life-of-Jacqueline-B-Kennedy.aspx

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