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Kennedy and Johnson. 1960 Election Republican – VP Richard Nixon Fresh off 1959 Kitchen debate with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Why would that matter?

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2 1960 Election Republican – VP Richard Nixon Fresh off 1959 Kitchen debate with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Why would that matter? Democrat – John F. Kennedy 1 st televised Presidential debate Who won according to radio listeners? Who won according to TV viewers? Closest election in 75 years

3 A bad start Bay of Pigs – April 1961 Originally planned by Eisenhower Administration, but Kennedy signs on (“Group Think”) Failed attempt to free Cuba CIA Air Force from Texas Navy Cuban refugees Hope for uprising JFK publically accepted blame

4 A new direction Truman=Containment, Eisenhower=Massive Retaliation Flexible Response – Kennedy’s new direction Creation of Special Forces to battle guerrilla forces and small conflicts Can not use nuclear weapons in every situation Alliance for Progress – aid and goodwill gesture for Latin America Peace Corp – established by JKF, used volunteers How are these ideas different?

5 Other Foreign Affair Developments Berlin Wall Crisis Khrushchev has wall built around West Berlin Why? Kennedy travels to West Berlin in 1963 “Ich bin ein Berliner” Wall is symbolic of Cold War until 1989 Space Race May 1961 – Alan Shepard into space JFK makes it a goal of the US to put a man on the moon by end of decade. Why? What else does the Space Race improve? NASA in Florida Mission Control in Houston 1969 – Neil Armstrong

6 Closest to WWIII Cuban Missile Crisis – 1962 US reconnaissance planes photographed the USSR was building underground missile sites in Cuba. Kennedy announces a Quarantine of Cuba If Soviet ships challenged, a full-scale nuclear war was likely Khrushchev agrees to remove sites in Cuba, and US in Turkey “Khrushchev blinked”

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9 Effects of Cuban Missile Crisis Hot Line established between Kremlin and White House in 1963 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963 (no testing in atmosphere) Other talks at reducing arms start But new arms race for missile superiority starts (Space Race)

10 Kennedy’s Domestic Plan New Frontier – called for aid to education, urban renewal, and civil rights. During his 1000 day administration, he could not get much passed through Congress. Some highlights Robert Kennedy as Attorney General using Federal Gov’t in civil rights matters such as the Birmingham Protests Housing Act of 1961 – assisted poor in cities and rural areas Trickle-down economics – help economy Increased minimum wage to $1.25 / hour Many of his ideas would be pushed through by Johnson’s Great Society

11 Kennedy’s legacy Why is Kennedy thought of as a great President by many when he was only in office for two and half years (1000 days)? Camelot image – idealistic youth, Jackie “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what can you do for your country.” Even negative such as Bay of Pigs – what did he do? Cuban Missile Crisis, Space Race, fight for New Frontier programs

12 Assassination in Dallas November 1963 – Shocks the country Lee Harvey Oswald charged with murder Oswald killed three days later by Jack Ruby Warren Commission investigated Concluded that Oswald had acted alone Many Conspiracy theories

13 Johnson and the Great Society After JFK’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson become President Former Congressman, he was able to push agenda through Congress where JFK could not. Many of his ideas were focusing on problems written about in Michael Harrington’s The Other America. Johnson’s Great Society Program known as “war on poverty.”

14 1964 Election In contrast to Johnson’s liberal agenda, the Republicans nominated a staunch conservative. Barry Goldwater wanted to end TVA, Social Security. Also seen as extremist in Cold War (Daisy Ad) Johnson won in a landslide and the coattail effect made it where Democrats controlled both houses by more than 2/3. Election showed that if candidate is too extreme, Centrist American voters won’t elect them (1972 another example)

15 Great Society Reforms Medicare – health insurance for those 65 or older Medicaid – health insurance for disabled and poor Elementary and Secondary Education Act – aid to poor school districts 1965 Immigration Act – end Quotas Foundation on the Arts and Humanities – funding for creative and scholarly projects Increased funding for colleges, housing assistance, and crime prevention

16 More Expansion of Government Office of Economic Opportunity Created Community Action Programs Head Start programs Part of War on poverty Department of Transportation Department of Housing and Urban Development (1966) Robert Weaver – 1 st African-American cabinet member

17 Two books making changes Silent Spring by Rachel Carson (1962) Expose on pesticides Launches environmental movement Unsafe at Any Speed by Ralph Nader (1965) Caused regulations to automobile industry Start consumer advocacy program

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19 Johnson and Civil Rights Southerner Johnson was able to push through Civil Rights legislation. Used JFK’s death and legacy in political fight Would be final straw for many Southern Democrats with Party 1964 Civil Rights Act 1965 Voting Rights Act Federal support of Civil Rights in South

20 Johnson’s legacy LBJ’s Great Society did accomplish many of the goals on the war on poverty. But was it a success? What were the positives? What were the negatives? What would be the reason focus would go off of the program in the late 1960s? Why did LBJ decide not to seek reelection in 1968?

21 Warren Court Chief Justice Earl Warren led courts in the 1950s and 1960s Many cases had to do with Civil Rights and the Rights of the Accused – Brown v. Board 1962 – Baker v. Carr – reapportionment had to be “one man-one vote” 1964 – Heart of Atlanta Motel case – upheld Civil Rights Act of 1964 Used Interstate Commerce Clause of Constitution Gideon, Escobedo, and Miranda cases – rights for the accused

22 Reflection Questions What goals did Kennedy, Johnson, and Warren all have in common? What did Kennedy do as President to make him so loved? What were the positives of the Great Society program? How did Kennedy change the way the Cold War was fought?

23 Links – 1960 debate 57tACChkS-vjS1m66Q&index=37 – review video 57tACChkS-vjS1m66Q&index=37 – Zapruder Film - Daisy Ad – Magic Bullet bebunked.


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