John F. Kennedy

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The Summary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy

            John Fitzgerald Kennedy served as the president during the 1960s, he served only 3 years until his unfortunate assassination at the hands of Lee Harvey Oswald. Despite the short term served his impact on our American identity and the whole American psyche cannot be undermined. In such a short period of time he formed several influential organizations such as: Peace Corps, the Agency for International Development, Army Special Forces, NASA. Even during his campaign for office he brought change, during his infamous debate with Richard Nixon his sheer charm and good looks won him the debate in the TV medium, showing the shift towards television. Kennedy served as president during a period of immense tensions between the Soviet Union and the Civil Rights Movement. In 1962 alone, his administration and him averted nuclear annihilation with the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis; through the course of 2 weeks he was able to negotiate the removal of nuclear missile from Cuba. In keeping with his support of change, he alerted American society by releasing Martin Luther King Jr during his imprisonment in Birmingham jail. We nominated JFK for The Person Of  The Year award because we felt that he changed the history of America forever through his effects he had on the new generation of Americans. NASA was developed by Kennedy for the reason of beating the Soviet Union in the Space Race. However NASA has turned into something much bigger since now we research more about the solar system and other planets. Kennedy developed something that changed our whole perspective on what truly is outside of Earth. Kennedy is The Person of The Year due to his outstanding accomplishments and his changes he brought to America as his legacy lives on forever with us.


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The Biographical Essay on John Fitzgerald Kennedy

            John Fitzgerald Kennedy is most notably known as the 35th president of the United States. However, his life before service as president is not common knowledge. Kennedy was born the son of Joseph Kennedy, notorious American businessman and later on politician. Kennedy was born on May 29th, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Kennedy and his 8 other siblings grew up living a luxurious life. Kennedy traveled the England with his father whom was appointed by Franklin D. Roosevelt as the key post ambassador to England in 1938. During this time Kennedy wrote Why England Slept for his senior essay at Harvard University, he discussed that England was not ready for WWII.1 After Kennedy graduated from Harvard he served in Navy commanding a PT boat. His boat was rammed by a Japanese destroyer and he saved 10 crewmen and led them to a tiny island that took a 3 mile swim to get there. For his bravery, Kennedy was awarded with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart. In 1946 Kennedy was into the House of Representatives and later in 1952 he was elected in the U.S. Senate s Senator of Massachusetts. In 1956 he lost the position as Vice President to Estes Kefauver who was also a senator.

                In Kennedy’s inaugural speech on January 20th, 1961 he said to his citizens to “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. The Kennedys give a new youthful look to the White House; the even invited the finest of Americans of American history and culture to the White House. Kennedy feared that the country would soon face nuclear war between the Soviet Union. A nuclear war could have occurred through the Cuban Missile Crisis and the divided Berlin in Germany. Kennedy was very eager to get the U.S. first in the Space Race between the Soviet Union; he even said that “No nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space”.  Kennedy was the first president to ask congress to approve the Apollo Mission of landing a man on the moon. Kennedy’s other problem; besides the Soviet Union was the extreme racial discrimination. He believed that the protesting would anger white people and that would make Congress never pass any Civil Rights laws. On June 11th, 1963, Kennedy proposed a Civil Rights bill as he expressed his thought of ending racism thru television.2

            On November 21st, 1963, Kennedy was in Texas to give some speeches. On the 22nd, Kennedy was in the back seat of a car while driving past a crowd Dallas and was shot. He eventually died in a short amount of time.  Kennedy’s death brought out with such a roaring amount of sadness and loss. Even though Kennedy served a short time his legacy lived on forever in the hearts of many Americans. He left such an impactful 3 years of work and love towards American. Kennedy was able to handle life threatening situations in such a relaxed and professional way. Kennedy and Khrushchev had a better relationship after Kennedy ended the Cuban Missile Crisis with a blockade of Soviet ships which ended in a peaceful agreement. Kennedy believed in easing tensions in any situation as he cared for the safety of his country. Kennedy had a way with speaking and presenting himself as he was young and good looking; he also started the revolution of the television. He had this grace from the American people as he was well liked by many. Journalist, Ben Bradlee wrote a book on Kennedy’s grace and charm called That Special Grace. But Kennedy wasn’t all about youth and health since he suffered many illnesses and spent many times in a hospitals. It isn’t said much about what illnesses Kennedy suffered throughout his life. He is known as the president who believed in hope and he believed that the future of American has some much potential.3 JFK is deserving of The Person of The Year award since even though he made mistakes, he was still very optimistic about his country’s future. Kennedy believed that problems could be solved if everyone could put their interests after their country’s.













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