John F. Kennedy

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Reflections on the Life, Assassination, and Legacy of John F. Kennedy written by Dean R. Owen is a series of reflections of people who knew and admired John F. Kennedy. Most people in the book discuss where they were the day of his assassination, their reaction, and how it affected everything and everyone around them. Others speak about what kind of leader Kennedy was, the legacy he left behind, and how when he died the country was never the same. Owen writes about people who once worked for Kennedy as well as his good friends and his family. Almost everyone seems to remember where he or she was on November 22, 1963; the day Kennedy was assassinated. It has been fifty years since he was killed and yet the day he was…show more content…
The Kennedy administration was furious and they sent military troops to campus. Everyone remembers that day as the day President Kennedy stood up for people whose voices were not heard. Kennedy had ability to make decisions that could impact the country and he wasn’t afraid of the authority he was given (73). Kennedy may have not passed any civil rights legislature but he was a major influence to the civil rights movement and without him many African Americans wouldn’t have the rights they have today. Kennedy was also known for being honest to the American people about what was going on politically in the country, one event in particular that is remembered as both a devastating and significant part of Kennedy’s presidency was The Bay of Pigs. Fidel Castro had become the president of Cuba and this was a threat to the United States since Castro was both a communist and allies of the Soviet Union. Kennedy was told that if the United States could overthrow Castro easily and get rid of communist in the Americas once for all. However Kennedy later discovers along with the rest of the country and the world that his military forces failed to achieve his mission. Kennedy was angry with both himself and everyone involved. Kennedy knew he would have to apologize and admit to defeat publicly, and so he did. Kennedy learned from his mistake and asked his brother Robert Kennedy, Attorney General to keep an eye on both the

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