The Legacy of John F. Kennedy

What is a legacy? Is it strictly a visible, touchable object? A legacy is not just an object that people can see; it can be a dream or an idea. Although his life came to a tragic end, John F. Kennedy was one of the many presidents that served his term of presidency with compassion and dedication, and also, he left behind an unforgettable legacy to live on for the generations to come. His legacy was both an idea and dream that still affects many Americans today, as he led people to believe that he would make peace between countries. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty” (Kennedy). When he won the election for president in 1961, he would set goals for the United States that would amount to extraordinary events. Also, he would overcome one the most dangerous obstacles that any president has ever encountered. Even though Kennedy endured many hardships during his childhood, he grew up into a successful and ambitious man. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917 to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Although, to the public he was known as “Jack Kennedy”. John F. Kennedy was also prone to being ill. He suffered from many illnesses such as chickenpox, measles, and whooping cough. However, this was not all that he had to endure. Before the age of three, Kennedy was diagnosed with scarlet fever, a life-threatening disease. Fortunately, he fully recovered from it and continued the routines of daily living (“John F. Kennedy”). Numerous individuals look back on someone’s life and evaluate of what importance their life was. Kennedy demonstrates that even though one may n... ... middle of paper ... ...Web. 10 Jan. 2014. Davidson, Antony. “Stabilized Zapruder Film in HD.” N.p., 21 Nov. 2013. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. “General Article: Legacy.” American Experience PBS. WBGH Educational Foundation., n.d. Web. 16 Dec. 2013. “JFK Assassination Newspaper & Facts.” N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Dec. 2013. “John F. Kennedy.” 2013. The Biography Channel website. Nov 19 2013, 12:28 Kelly, Martin. “Ten Things to Know About John F. Kennedy.” American History. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. “Kennedy, “Inaugural Address,” Speech Text.” Voices of Democracy The US Oratory Project.,. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. “Life of John F. Kennedy.” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Jan. 2014. May, Ernest R. “John F Kennedy and the Cuban MIssile Crisis.” BBC News. BBC., 18 Nov. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.

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