Essay about J.F.K.: A Symbol of Courage and Idealism

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During the time of domestic war at home and foreign relations concerns, the United States of America experienced one of the greatest time periods in American history which was during what people called the "Camelot" period. This occurred when the 35th President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was in office and he initiated a period of social development which overcame major differences between Americans and the rest of the world. President Kennedy was inaugurated on January 20, 1961 and became the second youngest and first Catholic president of the United States. This new president initiated a series of new changes in the country, from which he became an inspiration to many Americans, as he is still remembered for his idealism and courage. He was …show more content…
The American civil rights movement was the direct effect of African American resistance and outrage from the unruly treatment from many white Americans. Even after the abolishment of slavery, African Americans were not given their basic civil rights as a citizen of the United States or the rights of a human being. They were not provided the opportunity to obtain high paying jobs, comfortable housing, or equal facilities to the whites. Under the suggestions of his little brother Robert Kennedy, JFK openly supported the rights of blacks in America. Kennedy's initial actions were seen when he obtained release orders for Martin Luther King Jr. from prison as he was imprisoned for promoting integration. When JFK presented his civil rights address, King stated: "It was one of the most eloquent, profound and unequivocal pleas for justice and freedom of all men ever made by any president." Kennedy was worried that his involvement in the rights for African Americans will anger the conservative southerners. Kennedy chose to take the path of Abraham Lincoln and slowly increased his involvement in this cause. For freedom riders like Rosa Parks, Kennedy assembled groups of federal marshals to protect and accompany them. These federal marshals were also used to protect James Meredith, who was negro student who attempted to attend the University of Mississippi, which at the time was a all white university. When the situation at the

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