The Accomplishments Of John F. Kennedy

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When John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1961, he became the youngest man ever elected as President of the United States, as well as the first Roman Catholic. With his combination of charm, good looks, and a youthful vitality, he inspired Americans to serve, saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” (Olugbemiga). Although his presidency was brief, Kennedy established the Peace Corps, grew the space program, stood up to Russian aggression in the Cold War, and showed outstanding leadership during the Civil Rights Movement. Kennedy’s election in 1960 represented a changing of the guard. At forty-three, he was the first President to be born in the twentieth century (Schlesinger 112), and he was a symbol of America’s future. He was “young, confident, and forward-looking” (Randall 41). Young adults, in particular, seemed to connect with him, and Kennedy instinctively sensed this. As a way of reaching out to this age group, one of the first things Kennedy did in his Presidency was to establish the Peace Corps, a volunteer program that sent young Americans abroad in an effort to promote friendship and world peace (Olugbemiga). The Peace Corps was so successful that it is still in existence to this day. The growth of the American space program was another of Kennedy’s important accomplishments. Spurred by the Soviet’s success in launching the first man into outer space, Kennedy wanted to
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