Presentation on theme: "JOHN F. KENNEDY Domestic Policies. Economy Held interest rates down to encourage growth of economy. Eased unemployment Raised industrial production."— Presentation transcript:
Economy Held interest rates down to encourage growth of economy. Eased unemployment Raised industrial production by 15% Motor vehicle sales rose 40% His economic progress is yet to be matched.
Death Penalty Stopped a death sentence on Jimmie Henderson on Feb 12, 1962 and changed the sentence to a life in prison. On March 22, 1962, Kennedy signed a bill abolishing mandatory death penalty for first degree murder.
Civil Rights The Supreme Courts ruled segregation in public schools unconstitutional in 1954 They also ruled it unconstitutional in other public facilities like busses, restaurants, bathrooms, and beaches. Robert Kennedy released Martin Luther King from prison. On Nov 20, 1962, Kennedy signed a bill prohibiting racial discrimination in federally supported housing related facilities.
Immigration Kennedy overhauled the immigration policy. He made it so the selection of immigrants was based on family reunification rather than ethnicity.
Space Program Apollo program was created early 1960. Kennedy undertook it even though the cost was “prohibitively expensive.” He wanted to do this because it was important for international prestige. Costs were expected to reach $40 billion. July 20, 1969, six years after Kennedys assassination, Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
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