The Kennedy Administration was the thirty-fifth presidential administration of the United States beginning in 1961. Kennedy was the Democratic nominee and he ran against the Republican nominee Richard Nixon. Televised debates helped Kennedy impress the voters, because of his charisma. Another factor in Kennedy winning the election was receiving the African Americans vote in several states (Russell). On October 19, 1960, in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights activists were thrown in jail for holding a lunch counter sit-in. The next day everyone was released from jail expect Dr. King, who was held for driving in Georgia without a Georgia state license. Senator and presidential candidate Kennedy reached out to Coret...
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...l background. Also, Johnson did not have to deal with the Cold War, most importantly the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Critics should view Congress as the force that muzzled the Civil Rights Movement and not Kennedy. Kennedy was only acting in the role of president during his administration. Kennedy acted as Chief Diplomat and focused more on international issues than domestic policy. Kennedy was hesitant to call Martial Law, because it would take power from the other branches and levels of government. It was Congress who setup different obstacles in African Americans path to social equality, and not Kennedy. Kennedy acted as a great leader, during his time in office. He was force to make a hard decision between domestic policy and international relations. Kennedy chooses the less two of the evils and by not focusing on strongly on Civil Rights, but on nuclear proliferation.
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