Presidency

John F. Kennedy

was a progressive president.

 

Why was he killed?

 

We believe he was assassinated for two main reasons:

his strategy for peace and his position on civil rights.

Watch this mini-movie on America and JFK's Greatest Speech

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HIS STRATEGY FOR PEACE:

a. At the American University Commencement Ceremony, June 10, 1963, he stated:

I have, therefore, chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth is too rarely perceived--yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace.

What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children--not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women--not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. "


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b. The Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, July 26, 1963:

"Yesterday, a shaft of light cut into the darkness. Negotiations were concluded in Moscow on a treaty to ban all nuclear tests in the atmosphere, in outer space, and under water. For the first time an agreement has been reached on bringing the forces of nuclear destruction under international control..."


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c. His order for the withdrawal of 1,000 American troops from South Vietnam:

On October 2, 1963, before he went to Texas, Kennedy asked his Secretary of Defense McNamara to make a public announcement on his order for the withdrawal of 1,000 American troops from South Vietnam by the end of the year, and that the U.S. would probably withdraw all American troops by the end of 1965.


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CIVIL RIGHTS:

On the Civil Rights struggle, Kennedy stated:

"I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his
conscience about this and other related incidents. This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened."


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  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/presidents/35_kennedy/index.html

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