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Describe the political impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; include the impact on civil rights legislation Who shot him, why, where, what date. who became president when he died. On November 22, 1963, JFK and his wife landed in Dallas. He had spoken in San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth the day […]

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Describe the political impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; include the impact on civil rights legislation

Who shot him, why, where, what date. who became president when he died.

On November 22, 1963, JFK and his wife landed in Dallas. He had spoken in San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth the day before. From the airfield, the party then traveled in a motorcade to the Dallas Trade Mart, the site of Jack’s next speaking engagement. Shortly after 12:30 p.m., as the motorcade was passing through downtown Dallas, shots rang out; Kennedy was struck twice, in the neck and head, and was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at a nearby hospital.Twenty-four-year-old Lee Harvey Oswald, known to have Communist sympathies, was arrested for the killing but was shot and fatally wounded two days later by local nightclub owner Jack Ruby while being led to jail. Lyndon B. Johnson succeeded Kennedy.

What was Johnson’s viewpoint on Civil Rights

He was slow to commit himself to the civil rights caused, but was eventually forced into action.

What Civil Rights legislation was Kennedy working on that never got passed

Kennedy announced his intention to propose a comprehensive civil rights bill and he also endorsed the massive March on Washington.

Reflection

JFK’s assassination will stick with me. It is so impactful to me because it is hard to wrap my mind around if something like that were to happen today. To me, it was saddening to see all the great things Kennedy had in store for our country. It’s unfortunate that we will never know what our country could’ve been like under a ruling like his.

Resources

http://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/john-f-kennedy

https://www.whitehouse.gov/1600/presidents/johnfkennedy

 

 

 

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