The Assassination Of JFK Essay Research Paper
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The Assassination Of J.F.K Essay, Research Paper The Assassination of John F. Kennedy Monday, June 5, 2000. Presented to: Mr. Gear HUS3A The assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is an event in American History that is often remembered. John F. Kennedy’s assassination hit the world with the biggest shock of the 1960’s. This became a world event because televison broadcasted the assassination and the funeral. In this way, his assassination touched everyone’s heart and made the world come together to personally grieve for the end of ?Camelot’. Even people today who were not alive at the time of the assassination are still intrigued by the life and death of John F. Kennedy. The intrigue often extends to the entire Kennedy family. This essay will give you the facts about the assassination, illuminate how the American people reacted at the time, analyze why they reacted as they did and why almost forty years later, John F. Kennedy and his family continue to be of such great interest to many. Assassination Facts On November 22, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. a man with a gun sat behind a window in the Texas School Book Depository above Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. There were over four thousand people cheering and waving as President John F. Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie rode by. That afternoon people seemed friendly but the Secret Service who were guarding the President knew that they weren’t friendly enough. A day earlier before the President arrived in Dallas there had been hate posters and leaflets denouncing the President. Dallas News had printed a full page advertisement criticizing John F. Kennedy for his abandonment of the constitution and the softness towards Moscow and communism. The Secret Services knew that this was bound to make some people furious with the President so they began to identify potential dangerous groups in Dallas that would try to harm the President. One of the potentially dangerous groups that they identified were, the Cubans. They were upset at the President’s relationship with Cuba. Another group were racists. They were angry at the President’s support of the Civil Rights Legislation. The last group that were a potential threat were the Conservatives who believed the President was ?soft’ on communism. A few weeks earlier, Adlai Stevenson, the United States delegate to the United Nations, had been heckled, spat upon and hit with a placard by a angry group of demonstrators. Because of these groups, the Secret Service wanted the President to use a protective bubble-top over the open limousine. The President refused to use it because he felt he didn’t need it as he had only seen happy and nice people in Texas. So the President ordered that the bubble top not be used. Even though there were many things that the Secret Service was worried about the motorcade went on and the president was not worried. As the President passed out of sight of the Dealey Plaza, the man in the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository aimed and fired his rifle. John F. Kennedy was hit first in the throat, then in the head which shattered his skull. The governor John Connally, was also shot through the back. The wives sat and watched in disbelief as the limousine pulled out of the motorcade and rushed them to the Parkland Hospital. On November 22, 1963 at one o’clock in the afternoon the President of the United States, the one who was going to change the world was pronounced dead. At 2:15 that afternoon, a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder of John F. Kennedy. Two days later on National Televison, Harvey Lee Oswald was shot to death by a Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby. The Countries Reactions The former President of the United States of America, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 25, 1963.