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"Kennedy was a successful President, he secured peace over Cuba and made great progress on Civil Rights issues" Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer.

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"Kennedy was a successful President, he secured peace over Cuba and made great progress on Civil Rights issues" Do you agree with this interpretation? Explain your answer. Of all presidents of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy's 1000 days in office is undoubtedly remembered by many people throughout the world and in a recent survey John F. Kennedy was voted the most highly honoured president in the 20th century but does the legend of the man compare with the reality of his legacy? To discuss how successful an American President he was, it is important that we consider what he accomplished and what kind of a leader and man he was. His success is a complex and controversial issue and his assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald in November 1963 has coloured the views and memories of generations. An examination of all facets of J. F. Kennedy is needed to see if his acclaim was deserved or not. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) was the youngest person and first Roman Catholic ever elected to the presidency. He graduated from Harvard College in 1940 and was a lieutenant in the Navy, John F Kennedy was born in Brooklyn Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. His father, Joseph Kennedy was a very influential man and made it clear that he wanted one of his sons to become president. After graduating from Harvard, John entered the navy in 1940 and by 1943 he became the commander of the PT 109 warship which was rammed and sunk by a Japanese Destroyer. ...read more.

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Of coarse they both targeted each others allies. Originally, the USA believed that they had 20 minutes to react if there was an ICBM launched at them. The USA developed a plan that if a missile was launched at them then they would have time to move important people out of range and launch a counter attack. The Cuban Missile Crisis In 1958 Fidel Castro over threw Cuba's Dictator, Fulgencio Batista. The USA had many factories in Cuba and after Cuba's conversion to communism the USA withdrew from Cuba and banned trading with the country. The Soviet Union and Cuba became allies. Kennedy was approached by the CIA with a plan to secretly attempt a second revolution of Cuba. Unfortunately, the plans were leaked and when troops landed at the invasion point known as "The Bay Of Pigs" Castro's forces were waiting for them. The Bay of Pigs incident was an international disaster and was the source of great embarrassment for J F Kennedy and lulled the Soviet leader, Khrushchev to believe that Kennedy was inexperienced and gullible. On the 16th October 1961 President Kennedy received information that missile silos being built and he ordered U2 spy plains to be sent over Cuba. They captured photographs of Soviet Ships with canvassed objects which could clearly be made out to be missiles. The problem with the missile silos in Cuba meant that if an ICBM was launched at them from Cuba they would have only 5 minutes to react and everywhere in the USA was within range of the missiles. ...read more.

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Clearly, Kennedy is still seen as a very successful president even after the effect of his assassination has worn off. John F. Kennedy's objectives did not only lie with world peace, he also dreamed of expanding space technology, building great American spacecraft and implementing them for the good of the nation, the world and most importantly, for mankind, but it came as a great shock when Russia launched the Sputnik, the first rocket into outer space, in 1957. The American nations ego was badly bruised and collectively they yearned to prove that they could achieve whatever they put their minds to, but again, in 1961, the USSR succeeded in launching the first man into space. As a result President Kennedy was ever determined to achieve US predominance in space exploration and on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy stood before a joint session of congress to declare it was time for a great new American enterprise - time for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on earth and on July 20 1969, the vision of landing safely on the moon and placing an American flag on the surface was fulfilled. Although Kennedy didn't live long enough to make the journey himself or to whiteness the success of those who stood in the bright sunlight of Tranquility Base, it was he who had inspired a hundred million people to reach for the moon and actually touch it in the space of a decade. First Draft Toby McCool 11A ...read more.

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