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What were the main features of the New Frontier and how successful were they?

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What were the main features of the New Frontier and how successful were they? President Kennedy started the New Frontier in 1961 and to a certain degree was a great success though its progress was cut short by his early death in 1963. In many of the areas that he wanted to encompass into the New Frontier there was a strong opposition in the Congress. Those were features such as Medicare; this improved healthcare program was predominantly designed for the elderly. It was an insurance policy, which improved the standard of care for the elderly when they could not; either afford the standard that they were entitled to, or were too ill to look after themselves. This project was blocked by congress as they deemed it too expensive and futile when the money could be spent on more useful projects. The plan to spend money on improved education was also refused with the objection that the education was already adequate. ...read more.

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Those from other countries often referred to the corps fondly as 'Kennedy's Corps'. Unemployment was at a low but had only been decreased by 1 million to 4.5 million since he was elected; this was due to lack of proper funding, and Kennedy's general lack of interest in Domestic Affairs. He was simply more interested in the more 'important' issues such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the threat of Nuclear War with the Soviet Union. He did address these problems in a diplomatic and extremely rational way, which brought him popularity from American citizens but did not solve the domestic issues, which must surely have been lingering in the back of Kennedy's mind. The nuclear arms dilemma was encompassed in the New Frontier program and was handled well: Kennedy decided to start the mass production of conventional weapons to avoid the concept of nuclear war. Many of the nuclear warheads were destroyed in the attempt to steer clear of nuclear war at all costs. ...read more.

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'The time has come for the Congress of the United States to join with the executive and judicial branches making it clear to all that race has no place in American life or law.' Kennedy in August 1963 making his case about Civil Rights to legislatures. Kennedy made huge progress in the Civil Rights debate and essentially brought legal equality to all to the black community. Kennedy's laws brought the emergence of other minority rights movements such as women, the old, physically handicapped, the poor, Native Americans, prisoners and outcasts and finally lesbians and homosexuals. Progress was made in all of these areas and they were generally successful. The start of the New Frontier was a good base but as he was assassinated in 1963 all the problems that should have been confronted were not and many of the jobs were been left half done but that which had been done provided a superb starting block for later presidencies. Sources: Radley College Library. The USA: 20th CENTURY. http://www.americanpresident.org/kotrain/courses/JFK/JFK_Domestic_Affairs.htm http://www.peterwestern.f9.co.uk/john_f_kennedy.htm F.Moynan Remove 1 November 02 ...read more.

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