John F. Kennedy (JFK)

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In this powerpoint you will find a lesson on the 35th President of the United States. You will find the discussion on the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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John F. Kennedy (JFK)

  1. 1. JOHN F. KENNEDY (JFK)
  2. 2. Presidency • His time in office was dubbed “Camelot” because with Kennedy’s inauguration the nation had hope of a new beginning, like the legend of King Arthur and his court. • JFK presented a program for reform, called the New Frontier, that would foster the development of capitalism • Create the idea of Americanization in foreign countries which meant that they were taught English, US History, government and culture
  3. 3. • In the 1960s Kennedy met with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna to discuss the city of Berlin; two months later the Berlin Wall was erected • Nov. 22, 1963; while campaigning in Dallas JFK was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald
  4. 4. Bay of Pigs • Early in his administration he authorized the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba • The Bay of Pigs operation was an Eisenhower administration plan, that JFK did not know about till becoming President. • The goal of the invasion was to start a rebellion against Fidel Castro ending with his removal. • Plan called for the use of exiled Cuban men, trained by the CIA. Upon getting to Cuban that would have received US military aid. • Invasion ended with failure with much of the exiled forces being captured or killed
  5. 5. Cuban Missile Crisis • The most intense moment of JFK’s administration occurred during the Cuban Missile Crisis • The Crisis occurred over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles in Cuba, in October 1962 • During the Crisis, leaders of the U.S. and the Soviet Union engaged in a tense, 13-day political and military standoff in
  6. 6. • After Kennedy addressed the nation on Oct. 22, most people feared the world was on the brink of nuclear war • disaster was avoided when the U.S. agreed to Soviet leader Khrushchev's offer to remove the Cuban missiles in exchange for the U.S. promising not to invade Cuba; secretly the US had to remove missiles from Turkey

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