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The John F Kennedy Room

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th president of the United States. He was an extremely popular president, who was very unfortunately assassinated by a deranged gunman on November 22, 1963.  This may not be ESL, but I was 13 years old at the time, and next year will be the 50th anniversary of his death, so I am building a page in tribute to this wonderful president.

John F. Kennedy was in office for only about 1,000 days, but in that brief span of time, he accomplished much:

1. John F. Kennedy accomplished what no other American had done he became the first Catholic president of the United States.

2. To this day, John F. Kennedy's call for Americans to serve their country has remained an inspiring and memorable appeal.

3. Among John F. Kennedy's most notable and long-standing accomplishments was the establishment of the Peace Corps, an organization that is now responsible for sending thousands of American volunteers around the world to help the needy.

4. It was John F. Kennedy's cautious and sensible approach to the standoff during the Cuban missile crisis that ultimately diverted a nuclear war with the Soviet Union and secured the removal of missiles from Cuba.

5. John F. Kennedy was committed to landing a man on the moon, and although it occurred after his death, it was his support of space exploration that helped make it happen.

6. John F. Kennedy's perseverance was instrumental in securing a limited nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union.

7. It was John F. Kennedy's dedication that helped secure the passage of the Area Redevelopment Act, which assisted states that were suffering from high rates of unemployment.

8. Under John F. Kennedy's administration, laws were put in place to end segregation in interstate travel facilities.

9. John F. Kennedy helped promote the arts by holding concerts, plays, and musicals at the White House.

10. John F. Kennedy issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination in the sale or lease of housing that was financed by federally guaranteed loans or owned by the federal government.

11. Kennedy called his domestic program the "New Frontier". It ambitiously promised federal funding for education, medical care for the elderly, economic aid to rural regions, and Government intervention to halt the recession.

12. Kennedy ended a period of tight fiscal policies, loosening monetary policy to keep interest rates down and encourage growth of the economy.

One of Kennedy's most famous speeches was his speed given in West Berlin:

 

Much more to come ....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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