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JFK Assasination

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Transcript of JFK Assasination

JFK Assasination Emily Carson, Bella Crowley, and Antonia Papajani Significance in light of the cold war era Background The John F. Kennedy assassination affected the American people mentally and emotionally, largely due to the fact that JFK was such an inspirational figure for Americans. The conspiracies and theories surrounding the event affected the unity of the American people and their trust in their government. During such a time of turmoil and threats, this effect was especially significant. JFK's Presidency Served as President from 1961 until his assassination in 1963
Major events during his presidency included:
- Bay of Pigs invasion
- Cuban Missile Crisis
- Building of the Berlin Wall
- Space Race
- African American Civil Rights Movement
- Early stages of the Vietnam War The Assasination 12:30 PM November 22, 1963 JFK Inauguration Background His Affect on Americans the President, his wife, Nellie Connally, Governor Connally rode in an open limousine into Dealey Plaza
After the car passed the Texas School Book Depository and headed down Elm Street the first shots were fired.
According to the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations, a bullet hit JFK in the upper back as he raised his right arm to wave, traveled through is neck and exited his throat just beneath his Adam's apple.
The same bullet struck Connally in the back, creating an air sucking oval in his chest, traveled through his right wrist (breaking the bones), and into his left inner thigh.
A second shot was fired, entering the rear of JFK's head and exploding blood, skull fragments, and brain matter all over the car.
The car rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where the President was declared dead at 1:00PM. According to Dr. George Burkley, who signed the death certificate, "We never had any chance of saving his life." His inauguration speech inspired the American people
Philip Caputo traces his decision to join the U.S. Marines to Kennedy's speech stating: "War is always attractive to young men who know nothing about it, but we had also been seduced into uniform by Kennedy's challenge to "ask what you can do for your country" and by the missionary idealism he had awakened in us... we believed we were ordained to play cop to the Communists' robber and spread our own political faith around the world." Conspiracies and theories discrepancies in evidence The FBI gave a report to the Warren Commission on November 24, 1963
While both agreed that three shots had been fired, they disagreed as to which hit the President and which hit Governor Connally
Fifteen years later, the United States House Select Committee for Assasinations (HSCA) reviewed the FBI report and declared that it did not accurately investigate the possibility of a conspiracy to kill the President.
The HSCA believed there to be a second shooter based on an audio recording and the testimonies of mulitple witnesses.
Winston Lawrence of the Secret Service did not assign a team of homicide detectives to follow Kennedy's car. Police Chief Jesse Curry later stated that he believed the missing men probably would have been able to stop Oswald before he fired the second shot or jump on top of the President, therefore saving Kennedy from death.
A 2003 Gallup poll concluded that 75% of Americans believed there to be some sort of conspiracy in the death of the President. Fox News found in 2004 that 74% of Americans believed there to be a cover-up. Funeral conclusion What is the significance of JFK's assassination? John F. Kennedy was excellent with foreign relations and was trusted by the majority of citizens to handle foreign affairs such as the Cold War. The various theories about a cover-up or conspiracies resulted in the American people trusting their government less and less. Because of his importance to the American people JFK's death was especially significant politically, as well as having a profound affect on American morale. The Peace Corps President Kennedy shaking hands with the first Peace Corps volunteers in August of 1962 improved Social Security Race for space civil and
human rights Space speech: May 25, 1961 "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Legacy Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as President of the United
States on Air Force One "Kennedy for President" campaign brochure dated 1960
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