Assassination of President John Kennedy Essay

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In fact Stevenson was "…heckled, booed, spat upon and hit over the head with a cardboard sign" (Driscoll, 2007). After his treatment Stevenson said there was a "spirit of madness" in Texas, and Kennedy's staff recommended that he should not go to Texas. Certainly there were staff members who did not want him to ride in an open convertible; but meanwhile the terrible treatment of the U.S. Ambassador to the UN in Texas was an event before the turning point that can now be seen as a foreshadowing of what was to happen to the president in Texas.

What subsequent event or events were dependent on the action of the turning point; and what possible event or events became impossible because of the turning point?

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One event that resulted because Kennedy had been killed was Lyndon Johnson's huge buildup of troops to Vietnam, which turned out to be a disaster. There is no way of knowing how Kennedy would have handled the fighting in Vietnam (he did authorize "advisors" to go to Vietnam in the early 1960s), but it is not likely that Kennedy would have followed what turned out to be Johnson's bull-headed insistence that more and more troops could beat the insurgent North Vietnamese and Viet Cong. It's doubtful (although it's pure speculation) that Kennedy would have taken away student deferments so he could draft more young men to be sent to their slaughter in Vietnam. As to events that became impossible because Kennedy was gone, for one thing "Camelot" -- featuring the glamorous First Lady, the young president, and their two children -- was no longer a theme in Washington. Instead, old school politics came back into force as Johnson used his political muscle to push through some of the legislation JFK wanted passed (Civil Rights and Voting Rights). Also, Kennedy was clearly planning to run for reelection, and there was a good chance that he would have been reelected because the public liked him notwithstanding some far right wing antagonists. But of course that became impossible with his death.

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Driscoll, E. (2007). Kennedy Assassination: Ideological Turning Point of Democratic Party.

Spinning Clio / Musings of an independent historian. Retrieved July 26, 2013, from http://cliopolitical.blogspot.com.

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History Since 1945. (2011). Turning Point in American History: President Kennedy. Retrieved July 26, 2-13, from http://historysince1945.blogspot.com.

Lowry, R. (2007). Kennedy Assassination: Ideological Turning Point of Democratic Party.

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