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John F Kennedy: About

John F. Kennedy, American President

"Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future." 

-- JFK Speech at Loyola College Alumni Banquet, Baltimore, Maryland, 18 February, 1958.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy

John F. Kennedy was born into a rich, politically connected Boston family of Irish-Catholics. He and his eight siblings enjoyed a privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants, and summer homes. During his childhood and youth, “Jack” Kennedy suffered frequent serious illnesses. Nevertheless, he strove to make his own way, writing a best-selling book while still in college at Harvard University and volunteering for hazardous combat duty in the Pacific during World War II. Kennedy's wartime service made him a hero. After a short stint as a journalist, Kennedy entered politics, serving in the US House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953 and the US Senate from 1953 to 1961.  Kennedy was the youngest person elected US president and the first Roman Catholic to serve in that office. For many observers, his presidency came to represent the ascendance of youthful idealism in the aftermath of World War II.  Continue reading from Miller Center at University of Virginia

President Kennedy's Administration

John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president on January 20, 1961. In his inaugural speech he spoke of the need for all Americans to be active citizens. "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," he said. He also asked the nations of the world to join together to fight what he called the "common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself." President Kennedy, together with his wife and two children, brought a new, youthful spirit to the White House.  

One of the first things President Kennedy did was to create the Peace Corps. Through this program, which still exists today, Americans can volunteer to work anywhere in the world where assistance is needed. They can help in areas such as education, farming, health care, and construction. Continue reading from JFK Presidential Library and Museum

Check out a Book 

Link to American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the great space race by Douglas Brinkley in the catalog
Link to The Final Witness by Paul Landis in the catalog
link to Incomparable Grace by Mark Updegrove in the catalog
Link to JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century by Fredrik Logevall in the catalog
Link to JFK and the unspeakable [why he died and why it matters] by James W Douglass in the catalog
Link to Let Every Nation Know: JFK in his own Words by Robert Dallek in the catalog
Link to A Nation of Immigrants by John F Kennedy in Hoopla
Link to The President Has Been Shot! by James L Swanson in the catalog
Link to Profiles in Courage by John F Kennedy in the catalog
Link to Rising Star, Setting Sun: Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and the presidential transition that changed America by John Shaw in the catalog
Link to Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's five-year campaign by Thomas Oliphant in the catalog
Link to A Thousand Days: John F Kennedy in the White House by Arthur M Schlesinger Jr in the Catalog
Link to An Unfinished Life: John F Kennedy by Robert Dallek in the catallog

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