JFK - I.KennedysNewFrontierSpirit I. In 1960, young,...

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I. Kennedy’s “New Frontier” Spirit I. In 1960, young, energetic John F. Kennedy was elected as president of the United States—the youngest man ever elected to that office. II. The 1960s would bring a sexual revolution, a civil rights revolution, the emergence of a “youth culture,” a devastating war in Vietnam, and the beginnings of a feminist revolution. III. JFK delivered a stirring inaugural address (“Ask not, what your country can do for you…”), and he also assembled a very young cabinet, including his brother, Robert Kennedy , as attorney general. o Robert Kennedy tried to recast the priorities of the FBI, but was resisted by J. Edgar Hoover . o Business whiz Robert S. McNamara took over the Defense Department. IV. Early on, JFK proposed the Peace Corps , an army of idealist and mostly youthful volunteers to bring American skills to underdeveloped countries. V. A graduate of Harvard and with a young family, JFK was very vibrant and charming to everyone. II. The New Frontier at Home I. Kennedy’s social program was known as the New Frontier , but conservative Democrats and Republicans threatened to kill many of its reforms. o JFK did expand the House Rules Committee, but his program didn’t expand quickly, as medical and education bills remained stalled in Congress. o JFK also had to keep a lid on inflation and maintain a good economy. o However, almost immediately into his term, steel management announced great price increases, igniting the fury of the president, but JFK also earned fiery attacks by big business against the New Frontier. II. Kennedy’s tax-cut bill chose to stimulate the economy through price-cutting. iii. Kennedy also promoted a project to land Americans on the moon, though apathetic Americans often ridiculed this 
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