Essay on Jfk Assassanation

3209 Words Jan 16th, 2012 13 Pages
First off a little info about president Kennedy. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, parents were Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald, he was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on 29th May, 1917. His great grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, emigrated from Ireland in 1849 and his grandfathers, Patrick Joseph Kennedy and John Francis Fitzgerald, were both important political figures in Boston. Kennedy's dad was a highly successful businessman who had later served as ambassador for Great Britain (1937-40) Then on November 22, 1963, when he was hardly past his first thousand days in office, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was killed by an assassin's bullets as his motorcade wound through Dallas, Texas. Kennedy was the youngest man elected President; he was the …show more content…
Naturally this aroused immense suspicion and the American public started questioning why so many key US figures had been assassinated in the space of just four years when previously this type of incident had been rare. At the time there was also an increasing amount of corruption and scandal within the government. This alarmed the public who had completely trusted the government before. The Watergate Scandal in 1974 involving President Nixon had clearly shown that this was not the case anymore. Nixon had abused his authority and power to his advantage. This indicated that even politicians were prone to sleaze and scandal. As a result of this, people also started questioning the behaviour of the government. This is most likely why they were more receptive in accepting that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy, later on.

The public also became increasingly interested in the Kennedy assassination as books such as 'Rush to judgment' by Mark Lane and 'Inquest' by Edward Jay Epstein, started to be written. They immediately became best sellers and played a large role in raising awareness regarding the assassination. As a result people started to inquire more and rumours began that other people or organizations had been involved in Kennedy's assassination i.e there had…