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Chapter 31 – Civil RightsExpanding the Liberal State John KennedyoThe campaign of 1960 produced two young candidates who claimedto offer the nation active leadership.oThe Republican nomination went almost uncontested to Vice President Richard Nixon, who promised moderate reform.oJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy was the son of the wealthy powerful, andhighly controversial Joseph P. Kennedy, former American ambassador to Britain.oHe premised his campaign, he said, “on the single assumption that the American people are uneasy at the present drift in our national course”.oKennedy had campaigned promising a set of domestic reforms moreambitious than any since the New Deal, a program he described as the “New Frontier”.oKennedy had traveled to Texas with his wife and Vice President Lyndon Johnson for a series of=2 0political appearances.oWhile the presidential motorcade rode slowly through the streets ofDallas, shots rang out.He got shot in the throat and head, he was rushed to a hospital, where minutes later he was pronounced dead.Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested for the crime later that day, and then mysteriously murdered by a Dallas nightclub owner, Jack Ruby, 2 days later as he was being moved from one jail toanother.In years later years many Americans came to believe that the Warren Commission report had ignored evidence of a wider conspiracy behind the murders.

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