J.F.Kennedy Short Biography

A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.

- John F. Kennedy

John F Kennedy was elected at the start of a new era for American society. Elected in 1960 he was the youngest ever president; he seemed to offer a new vision and was able to inspire his fellow Americans that the American dream was a reality for all. His famous inauguration speech of 1960 included the resonant words. "Ask not what your country can do for you, rather ask what you can do for your country." This struck a deep chord with the American public, who aspired to bring to the fore the highest ideals of America. Amongst J.F.Kennedy's most important interventions was during the Cuban missile Crisis. At the time there was a real potential for a nuclear war, but through J.F.K's judicious handling a major conflict was avoided without any loss of face to the Americans. J.F.Kennedy was also instrumental in the evolution of greater equality and civil rights. Although the major civil rights legislation was implemented after his death, J.F.Kennedy made it clear that America should change its attitudes to racial discrimination. It provided an important backdrop for the later success of the civil rights movement.


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