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Checkpoint Kennedy’s New Frontier

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New Frontier, legislative program proposed by United States President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963). Kennedy promised to bring a new approach to government by proposing programs to respond to what he believed were America’s growing economic and social problems. He pledged to use the federal government to help strengthen the nation’s economy. He said that he would create new frontiers in science, education, social welfare, and economic policy. The term “New Frontier” symbolized the spirit of exploration and vigor that Kennedy wanted to bring to his presidency. He first used the term New Frontier when he accepted the Democratic nomination for president in July 1960. Kennedy said, “We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier... the choice our
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Unformatted text preview: .. the choice our nation must make (is) between the public interest and private comfort—between national greatness and national decline.” Kennedy’s New Frontier policies and programs, both proposed and enacted, represented a major shift away from the policies and programs of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who preceded him. They provided hope to poor people living in the United States and in other nations. Many advocates argued that they captured the spirit and generosity of America and symbolized the coming of age of a new generation of activist political leaders. Many critics felt that they reflected too much faith in government and too much reliance on the federal budget....
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