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John f kennedy

  1. 1. John F. Kennedy
  2. 2. Economy <ul><li>When Kennedy took office the United States was under economical struggles. Kennedy kept interest rates low and helped build the countries economy back up. This set hi up to present the first government budget to top $100 billion. GDP rose and people began to spend money on wants not needs. Industrial production rose by 15% and motor vehicle sales went up by 40%. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Civil Rights <ul><li>Kennedy helped women gain rights and fight discrimination when, in 1961, he signed the executive order for the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. </li></ul><ul><li>Kennedy asked congress to pass multiple legislations for equal rights </li></ul><ul><li>First he asked congress to pass legislation to requiring hotels, motels, and restaurants to admit customers regardless of race. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Civil Rights <ul><li>He also asked congress to desegregate schools on behalf of private citizens unable to start legal action themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>On June 11, 1963, Kennedy gave a speech on civil rights. He proposed what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Foreign Policy <ul><li>Kennedy’s foreign policy was dominated by American-Soviet relations. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Bay of Pigs invasion <ul><li>The CIA with the approval of the US Military created the bay of pigs invasion plan before Kennedy took office. When Kennedy came in he decided to go forth with this plan. However, he stated that they must do so without the help of the US air force. This proved costly as many of the 1500 trained Cuban exiles were killed and the rest captured and help for negotiation with the US. After twenty months the exiles were returned in exchange for $53 million dollars in food and medicine. This also led Fidel Castro, Cuban President, to believe another invasion would occur. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cuban Missile Crisis <ul><li>On October 14, 1962, two CIA spy planes captured photographs of soviet missile sites under construction in Cuba. For the first time the US was threatened with Nuclear powered weapons. Kennedy was faced with the decision on whether to attack or not. If he attacked it would likely start a nuclear war with the Soviets. If they did nothing they would be faced with the threat of nuclear fire power. Kennedy began sending letters the Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy asked Khrushchev to remove all nuclear arms from Cuba. Khrushchev agreed to remove everything from Cuba if Kennedy would publicly promise not to invade Cuba and to remove all arms from Turkey. These two men avoided a nuclear war. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Vietnam <ul><li>The US was already in Vietnam when Kennedy came into office. US military forces were helping the south Vietnamese military. However, they were struggling. During his time as president he increased the number of US military in Vietnam from 800 to 16,300. despite increasing the number of military in Vietnam, Kennedy did not want to be there. He had plans to withdraw from Vietnam following the 1964 election. This did not happen as he was assassinated and Vietnam became a major war zone. </li></ul>
  9. 9. His Effect <ul><li>John F. Kennedy was a hit with he people. He was young and he seemed to understand what they wanted. But Kennedy had a larger impact on the globe than his people. Kennedy had a big impact on getting equal rights for women and for people of different races. Especially African-Americans. Kennedy was a very smart leader who liked to avoid major war. He was well respected. Many people wonder, how much would he have accomplished had he not been assassinated. He accomplished many things in the short time he was in office. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Bibliography <ul><li>World book encyclopedia, 2006 edition </li></ul><ul><li>Page 265 Kennedy, John Fitzgerald </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Last updated on June 1, 2010 </li></ul>