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Describe the political impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; include the impact on civil rights legislation.

November 22, 1963 John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while in Dallas at around 12:30. The shooters name was Lee Harvey Oswald who was said to have killed the president for psychological reasons. JFK was declared dead at 1:00 in the afternoon and the vice president Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn into the presidency, with a grim look on his face, aboard Air Force One just hours later. Johnson worked to continue the Civil Rights Movement as Kennedy did. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act, a piece of legislation that Kennedy was working on before his death. This act was monumental in racial equality, showing that Johnson agreed with the civil rights movement. The assassination of JFK actually helped Civil Rights legislation be passed as he was seen as a martyr and no one could stand against his legislation that was passed by Johnson.

 

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Reflection

The assassination of John F. Kennedy was one of the worst tragedies in our nation’s history. This assassination was horrible, but allowed his Civil Rights legislation to be passed easier by his successor as no one wanted to oppose JFK’s wishes after he gave his life while leading our country. This assassination paved the way for change in our country, while adding more security for the president of the United States. It also deeply saddened our country and created a rift in the democratic party.

Resources:

https://www.jfklibrary.org/JFK/JFK-in-History/November-22-1963-Death-of-the-President.aspx

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-signs-civil-rights-act

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/kennedys-and-civil-rights/

 

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