The Cuban Missile Crisis, And The Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy

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The 60’s had begun with multiple incidents and escalations such as The Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A new president came in and swiftly took over as President Lyndon Johnson initiated new policies with The Civil Rights Bill, The Voting Rights act, and The Great Society. Johnson easily won re-election in 1964 and the future of his administration looked bright. Then the gigantic problem of the War in Vietnam casted a shadow that Johnson’s administration would never be able to break. As a result, Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was finished before he could run again, the Democratic Party fell into chaos, and a new generation led an anti-war movement that divided the country. To start off, back in 1964 while domestic acts were being introduced such as the Civil rights bill, a new international incident occurred that would eventually shake the country to its core. The Gulf of Tonkin incident happened on August 2, 1964, when according to Eric Foner of Give Me Liberty, “North Vietnamese vessels encountered an American ship on a spy mission off its coast… North Vietnamese patrol boats fired on the American vessel” (p.996). After the incident occurred Johnson went on TV and said, “Hostile actions against US ships in the Gulf of Tonkin, have today required me to take action and reply” (Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and Vietnam War). Battles continued between the North Vietnamese and the United States. Eventually, Johnson asked…

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