Kennedy's Legacy: The Legacy Of John F. Kennedy

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The Legacy of John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline Massachusetts. His family had Irish roots, and he is widely known not only as the youngest president to ever be elected at age forty three, but as the first Roman Catholic President. JFK took office on November 20, 1961, to become the thirty fifth President of the United Sates. His presidency didn 't last long, having died less than two years later on November 22, 1963. There are many things that JFK accomplished during his short time in office. His assassination often overshadows these accomplishments, as many people especially young, regard JFK as the president who was assassinated, and fail to recognize the great things that this man did to change …show more content…
Starting at a very young age he had a strong tendency to be ill, as he had many health issues. Later on, he would be diagnosed with a rare endocrine disorder called Addison’s disease. Jack attended private schools, and went to Harvard as an undergrad, where he wrote a thesis on Britain that would later be published as a book called “Why England Slept.” After college, he joined the Navy in 1941 and within two years he was sent to the South Pacific. He was put in charge of a PT boat, which was struck by the Japanese in August 1943. For having helped some of his crew back to safety, he was awarded a medal for heroism. Jack’s older brother Joe also served, but was killed in August 1944 un an explosion. It was this point in Jack’s life, where he felt determined to run for President. Jack felt like it was his duty to fulfill his brother’s dream of becoming the first Catholic …show more content…
April 17, 1961, The Invasion began when a CIA financed and trained group of Cuban refugees landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow Fidel Castro, a communist dictator. The Bay of Pigs invasion goes down in history as one of the United States’ biggest failures.2 What was a total disaster, was the only the start of the brutal conflict with the USSR. Less than a year later, derived from the failure of the Bay of Pigs Invasion, The United States was faced with the Cuban Missile Crisis.3 The Cuban missile crisis is arguably the most dangerous confrontation of the Cold War and is the closest the U.S. came to having a full fledged nuclear battle.3 In October of 1962 an agreement was made by Fidel Castro of Cuba and Nikita Khrushchev of the USSR. It placed nuclear missiles in Cuba as a defense tactic to prevent a future invasion of the country. The conflict was able to come to a resolution when the Soviet Union finally agreed to take missiles out of Cuba, and this was contingent upon Kennedy agreeing to never invade Cuba again.4 As far as things done during President Kennedy’s presidency, he is most famous for his Cold War engagement with the USSR. In addition to foreign affairs, Kennedy is credited for his involvement in the Sino-Japanese War. Conflicts such as these are often forgotten or unnoticed. The war emerged when China had invaded Indian territory in October, 1962. Kennedy

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