People That Changed the Course of History: The Story of John F. Kennedy 100 Years After His Birth

People That Changed the Course of History: The Story of John F. Kennedy 100 Years After His Birth

by Kimberly Sarmiento


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John F. Kennedy, the youngest man ever elected president, was born 100 years ago on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts. However, only two years into his term, Kennedy was assasinated, giving him the unfortunate distinction of also being the youngest president to die. Learn more about President Kennedy's life and his short, but impactful, time in office. Follow Kennedy on his path to the White House, from serving as a Democratic Congressman for the Boston area to narrowly defeating Richard Nixon in his bid to become the 35th president. During his time in office, JFK launched the Peace Corps and called for new civil rights legislation, which would eventually become the Civil Rights Act. He also faced a number of difficulties with foreign policy, due to the Cold War. The most notable of these challenges was the Cuban missile crisis. After his assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald and Oswald's subsequent murder, a number of theories evolved surrounding Kennedy's death. Although a presidential commission concluded that Oswald alone was to blame for Kennedy'sdeath, his assassination remains as event of much curiosity. Let's celebrate the anniversary of JFK's birth by taking a closer look at the life of one of the most beloved presidents in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620231487
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
Publication date: 11/03/2016
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

Prologue 9

Introduction 15

Chapter 1 JFK's Giant Family 21

Meeting the Dad: One of the Richest Men in America 24

Meeting the Mom: Distant but Devoted 26

A Presidental Bunch 29

Tragedy & Triumph: The Kennedy Brothers 33

Joe Jr. 34

Bobby 35

Ted 37

Living in a Shadow 40

Chapter 2 Most Likely to Succeed 45

Making a Name for Himself 48

Travels in Europe 52

A Budding Author 55

Launching Into the Read World 59

Chapter 3 Life Before the White House 61

World War II Service 65

Post-War Career 71

Marriage & Fatherhood 74

Chapter 4 Running for President: The Campaign That Made History 81

Winning the Nomination 84

Defeating Nixon 86

How Television Changed Everything 88

The Famous Speech 91

Chapter 5 The 35th President of the United States 95

The Kennedy White House 97

White House Restorations 98

Secret Recordings 102

The Situation Room 102

Personal Touches 103

Foreign Policy and the Cold War 103

The Bay of Pigs 104

The Berlin Wall 105

Cuban Missile Crisis 107

Latin America 113

Southeast Asia 114

Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 116

JFK's Successes on the Home Front 117

The Pease Corps 118

Equality for women 120

The Space Program 121

A Life Cut Short 123

Chapter 6 Kennedy's Legacy 131

Civil Rights 133

NASA 137

The Eternal Flame 140

Conclusion 145

Timeline 149

Glossary 155

References 163

About the Author 169

Index 173

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