History 152 - Lecture 21

History 152 - Lecture 21 - Lecture 21 Kennedy I Presidency...

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Lecture # 21 Kennedy I. Presidency A. At Democratic National Convention in 1960 Kennedy announce that the U.S. faced “A new frontier of unfulfilled hopes and threats.” He promised to confront “unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus.” B. Election of 1960, close one with Richard Nixon, difference of 120,000 votes: 49.9% vs. 49.6% of the vote C. African Americans offset the 52% of votes for Nixon D. First televised national debates: Kennedy, handsome, calm, cool, collected while Nixon appeared nervous, sweaty and pale. E. Press loved Kennedy, and did not focus on his serious health problems or his affairs with several women. F. Inauguration: For this new generation we must seek the common good and cast off complacency and self-indulgence: Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” G. Actually a conservative presidency his early years as far as racial justice and extending the welfare state to help the poor. H. His presidency: i. 1960 he read political activist Michael Harrington’s book, “The Other America” where Harrington described the poverty that affected 1 in 5 Americans who were “maimed in body and spirit, existing at levels beneath those necessary for human
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