The Influence Of Politics In The 1960s
Most of all, the large success and admittedly some downfalls of Kennedy’s New Frontier and subsequently Johnson’s civil rights legislation are the programs I find most intriguing.
The presidency of John F. Kennedy from 1961-1963 is remembered and admired by many. This is largely due to the fact that Kennedy was extremely different from the nation’s previous president, Eisenhower. While Eisenhower was no doubt successful, Kennedy’s youth and charisma made him a popular choice among the nation. In relation to this, as discussed in the documentary, JFK: Part II, John F. Kennedy’s concept of the “New Frontier” was very successful and a focal point of JFK’s presidency. First described in his inauguration speech, Kennedy wanted to introduce his presidency as “he [Kennedy] wants to emphasize the new, the innovative” (JFK: Part II). As discussed in class, this …show more content…
As discussed in class, Lyndon Johnson’s domestic programs were designed to “eliminate poverty and racial inequalities”. While the war on poverty was successful, I would argue that Lyndon Johnson’s Civil Rights legislation was more significant. This is because civil rights legislation was John F. Kennedy’s main downfall and because of this, I believe it was an area where Johnson needed to succeed in order to create a legacy of his own. This legislation was done through a series of bills which include: Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965 and Civil Rights Act of