• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show how Kennedy dealt with the social divisions when he became president.

Extracts from this document...


Essay Question: Show how Kennedy dealt with the social divisions when he became president. John F Kennedy was elected president of the United States of America in 1960 but did not take office until 1961. One of the first things Kennedy did was to endorse the peaceful sit-ins at "whites only" cafes and services conducted by the SNCC and promised a Civil Rights bill. These first movements caused the Supreme Court to rule that the ICC had to end but segregation, and that ruling would be enforced. In the summer of 1961 Robert Kennedy (Attorney General) held a conference with the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples), the SNCC ( ) ...read more.


Local police commissioners such as Eugene 'Bull' Conner set dogs and firehoses on black protesters who refused to disperse. This event was publicized on television increasing the general public view that something should be done about equal rights. Kennedy knew that if he was going to achieve any major milestones in getting equal rights for blacks he was going to have to set out some guidelines for improvement, these were the New Frontiers, based around the ideas of the Beveridge Report in Britain. They were organized into three main groups, Economy, Social Welfare and Civil Rights. Kennedy invested in industry by reducing taxes, and therefore controlling inflation. ...read more.


Kennedy was dedicated to improving civil rights for everyone during his term as president. He filled several posts in Congress with black Americans and set up a committee for equal employment in march 1961. Kennedy named and shamed 50 cases in 4 states where black Americans were denied the right to vote. When James Meredith (a black American student) was prevented entrance to university in Mississippi, Kennedy sent US marshals to escort Meredith to and from the university. In June 1963 Kennedy put forwards a Civil Rights package which proposed to ban discrimination in employment and to give equal voting rights and access to public housing for everyone. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE USA 1941-80 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE USA 1941-80 essays

  1. To what extent was Kennedy a great American President?

    There was a competition between the US and the USSR. The US could not be perceived as being weak to anyone otherwise there might be a threat on their behalf. Arguably the most important part of America's foreign policy was indeed Cuba.

  2. Describe the problems that President Kennedy faced in the years from 1961 to 1963

    if the laws weren't enforced it was likely that the black people would try and get rights by force and violence. To try and combat this Kennedy decided to create new laws which helped minorities such as blacks and the elderly. He named this set of laws the New Frontier.

  1. Why is President John F Kennedy such a famous and controversial figure in history?

    will be missed representing the close connection the public had with JFK. It also displayed the on going bitterness felt over President Kennedy's death as it written two years after his death. This time allows close family and friends to get over the death of JFK.

  2. Can John F Kennedy be classified as one of the great US Presidents?

    Historians more recently have acknowledge that Kennedy in fact brought about the crisis as a result of his ill- fated attempts to overthrow Castro in the Bay of Pigs incident. Kennedy also openly publicised that Americans nuclear weapon development was larger than the Soviet Union.

  1. John F. Kennedy

    In fact, John F. Kennedy spent his time abroad listening, learning, and observing everything in order to acquire the political knowledge necessary to be on the same level as his father, as well as his brother Joe. Part of his time spent in Europe was in London at the U.S.

  2. JFK - John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

    Another major problem Kennedy faced was the missile crises in Cuba. Since 1959 Cuba had been a communist country, led by Fidel Castro. Cuba is very close to the U.S.A. If communists decide to put missiles in Cuba, this would be another major problem for Kennedy to deal with.

  1. Why was President Kennedy such a famous and controversial figure in history?

    This was an organised crime syndicate which carried out all sorts of illegal criminal activity including murder and drug trafficking. JFK's father Joe had links to bootleggers in the 1920s Prohibition Era (where alcohol was banned) who supplied illegal alcohol in underground bars.

  2. President Kennedy

    In 1959 Lee left America to live in Russia and then he married Marina Prusakova they had to children. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on November 22nd 1963 by the warren commission. The Warren Commission claimed that they proved that Lee was a communist with a good motive to kill President Kennedy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work