The tense, crisis atmosphere of the Kennedy years produced no significant progress for the American people. Kennedy remains famous and why he is ranked highly as a president by historians, by studying his 10 major accomplishments and achievements.
Kennedy 16 months before the Cuban Missile Crisis 6 He contributed in the formation of the Partial Nuclear Test Ban Treaty To slow down the nuclear arms race and to protect the environment from radioactive contamination, JFK began negotiations with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev for a treaty to address these concerns.
Among other things, unemployment benefits were expanded; aid was provided to cities to improve housing and transportation; a water pollution control The successes and failures of john f kennedy was passed to protect rivers and streams; significant anti-poverty legislation was passed including increase in social security benefits and minimum wage; and the most comprehensive legislation to assist farmers was carried out since which included expansion in rural electrification, soil conservation, crop insurance and farm credit.
It is true that JFK inspired a generation of Americans and raised them to a pitch of high excitement, but his promises were never followed by performance.
He succeeded to the presidency, at age 42, following the assassination of President McKinley. Established the Peace Corps In MarchKennedy established the Peace Corpsa volunteer program that sends young Americans to countries abroad in an effort to promote world peace and friendship.
Kennedy speaking during his Inaugural Address 3 He took the U. As the youngest man ever to be elected president at the age of 43, Kennedy represented a new future and hope for the nation. As Senate minority leader Everett Dirksen aptly commented, a Kennedy legislative recommendation had "about as much impact as a snowflake on the bosom of the Potomac.
Internationally, he was involved in several major events most famously the Cuban Missile Crisis which threatened nuclear war between U. It was only after the violent attacks on civil rights marchers in Birmingham that Kennedy started to take action.
But PT was rammed at an angle and cut in half by Japanese destroyer Amagiri. Three months later, in Octoberan American U-2 spy plane photographed nuclear missile sites being built in Cuba.
GDP which had grown by an average of only 2. He went on national TV and announced to the nation that he would send comprehensive civil rights legislation to Congress.
Its initiatives include eradicating malaria in Africa and responding to crisis like the Rwandan genocide.
He continued to submit watered-down proposals to Congress that failed to address key demands of civil rights campaigners, such as equal access to public facilities.
On June 11,JFK gave his famous civil rights address calling Americans to recognize civil rights as a moral cause. The organization grew to 5, members by March and 10, the following year. Kennedy considered a U. It witnessed the passage of a broad range of important reforms.
His Executive Order of November banned segregation in federally funded housing. He carried out various measures to boost the economy under his own executive anti-recessionary acceleration program.
Prevented Nuclear Armageddon After a failed U.
Kennedy was assassinated at The program encouraged the spirit of service and tapped into the idealism of the younger generation. The provisions of the treaty prohibited nuclear testing on the ground, in the atmosphere, or underwater. Though personally sympathetic to the cause of civil rights, Kennedy tended to react to events as and when they happened, rather than show leadership on the issue Though personally sympathetic to the cause of civil rights, Kennedy tended to react to events as and when they happened, rather than show leadership on the issue.
He also remains the only Roman Catholic president. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of to abolish wage disparity based on sex.
Nikita Khrushchev and John F. Soviet Union agreed to dismantle its weapons in Cuba and bring them back while the United States agreed that they would not invade Cuba without provocation. His proposal to provide equal access to public schools and other facilities, and greater protection of voting rights became part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of After days of deliberation, on Oct.
As a candidate, he announced that a President could end discrimination in Federal housing "with the stroke of a pen"; as President, it took him 22 months to pick up that pen. As a Democrat, Kennedy knew that he was reliant on Southern white supremacists in Congress to advance his legislative program.Fifty Years On, What JFK Did, and Didn’t, Achieve.
Fifty years after JFK’s inaugural, presidential historian Robert Dallek observes that Kennedy remains the most popular American president.
Kennedy’s overall record was a mixed bag of success and failure. At the President’s urging, Congress established the U.S.
Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) in as a separate entity under Department of State auspices. Success' and Failures of John F. Kennedy's Presidency John Fitzgerald Kennedy By Jacob Hasenyager Successes Of J.F.K's Presidency Kennedy's successes greatly outnumbered his failures.
One of the exceptions, however, is also the best of the bunch, "JFK," the two-part "American Experience" exploration of Kennedy's rise to prominence and the accomplishments and failures of his abbreviated presidency.
It will air in two parts, Monday and Tuesday on PBS. I would argue that John F. Kennedy's major failures were in the area of foreign policy. They included the Bay of Pigs invasion and the escalation of US involvement in Vietnam. The Bay of Pigs invasion was a complete fiasco. About the cons or negatives aspects and failures of John F.
Kennedy's presidency. His 2 Years, Days as President CON In foreign policy, Kennedy lurched unsteadily from one crisis to another-it was his apparent ineptitude in the handling of the Bay of Pigs invasion that encouraged the Soviets to test his resolution by moving missiles to Cuba.Download