The 1960s in America was yet again another point in history where America was divided. With multiple civil rights movements continuing from previous years, the ending of World War II, The Korean Conflict and other social changes, were just a few things that caused a divide for the country. However, the greatest divider was the Presidential Election between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960. There are a number of reasons that the election of 1960 had and still has such significance to American history. To begin, it was the first election to be televised. Before television, the American people based their votes solely on what they heard and read. However, with this new technology, the people were now able to see as well as hear or read …show more content…
Kennedy had somewhat of a disadvantage compared to Nixon. Aside from being Roman Catholic, he had very little experience and was one of the youngest nominees to run for president. However, some Americans saw his fresh, young face and thought he was the change that the country needed. Kennedy appealed to the younger population of the 1960s. He was blessed with a comfortable upbringing, was very attractive and had a stunning young wife. America’s youth at the time thought Kennedy represented the perfect American image. Consequently, Kennedy’s “disadvantages” are what ultimately helped him win the election. One of the most memorable aspects of the 1960 Presidential Campaign was a series of debates that were broadcasted on television for the first time in United States history. These debates were another factor for Kennedy’s success. On television, Nixon appeared uneasy and sketchy. Kennedy on the other hand was calm, and well spoken. It is interesting to note that the audience watching these debates seemed certain that Kennedy did better and would win. In contrast, the people who only listened to the debates via radio thought that Nixon had done the better job and would
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The title Kennedy & Nixon The Rivalry That Shaped Postwar America reflects the conflict between political figures Kennedy and Nixon. It depicts them as both friends and rivals. In this book we would learn about America after WWII in the mid-1900s. The political powers of the Kennedys, Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, and Nixon are all important characters in this book. Throughout the book there is a clear time-line of events from the start of JFK and Nixon 's political career, to their various political offices, to JFK 's assassination, all the way through Nixon 's election and the events with Watergate.
John F Kennedy was a level headed, determined and well accomplished person. During his short-lived presidency, he had to take on challenges like no other and did it with sophistication and grace. From conflicts involving other countries, like Vietnam, to the Civil Rights Movement that directly affected our own country, Kennedy continued to take each problem day by day until there was an overall improvement or resolution. It would be safe to say that he is one of the more progressive presidents our country has ever seen. David Burner’s John F. Kennedy and a New Generation was written with the sole purpose of giving an insight into Kennedys upbringing and presidency in an entirely unbiased approach.
How far do you agree that the key factor influencing Richard Nixon’s election as President in 1968 and 1972 was the popularity of his policies on the Vietnam War? 30 marks Richard Nixon ’s election as President in 1968 and 1972 was influenced by many factors, all of which had an influence on who voted for Nixon and why. There were many people in America at the time who were sick and tired of both the civil rights campaign and the ongoing counter culture movement, along with numerous protests and riots that were sweeping the nation. Nixon appealed to these people, whom he deemed ‘Middle America’ or, ‘the silent majority’. Most of the factors that influenced Nixon’s election appealed to this section of society, while in contrast, alienating other groups, such as Afro-Americans and those involved with counter culture.
DBQ - 1960 Election This election, Senator John Kennedy is up against Vice President Richard Nixon. America is growing more and more restless and believes that this election could change America for the better. Although Nixon is more experienced, Kennedy is a better candidate for president because he advocates for change, concentrates on America’s issues, and is equal to if not better than Nixon. First of all, Kennedy would be a better president because he intends to enact change in America.
The 1960’s into the 1970’s were a prominent time in American history. The Civil Rights Movement was happening in the 1960’s and the Vietnam War was happening from the middle of the 1950’s into the 1970’s. During both time periods, America was very divided. One part of America was fighting for integration and one part of America was fighting against the Vietnam War. The other part of America wanted still wanted segregation and wanted to keep being involved in the Vietnam War.
John F. Kennedy appeals to the audience by establishing himself as a respectable man, producing credibility. He demonstrates appreciation to “our soldiers and sailors” for protecting our freedoms and establishes a common ground that Kennedy and his audience are the Americans.
There were three main conflicts in the segregation days, the 1960’s. I will be getting into those topics. The first one is the Brown vs. Board of education, which was putting all races in one school. Another was that so many people started standing up in their beliefs, which was white people and colored people could be together. The last one was the Civil Rights Act that made it so all nationalities could use the same water fountain, restroom, theater, schools, and white and blacks could sit together on buses.
Equality according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary 4th Edition is defined as “1. Of the same quantity, size, value, etc. 2. Having the same rights, ability, rank, etc.” This was not implemented in America during the 1960s and 1930s. These decades are home to major historical events that are recorded in textbooks.
In 1961, the United States of America was struggling to fight communism internationally and protect its people from negative outside forces. Along with these complications, there were struggles with racial and social inequalities. The country was on the brink of its breaking point, needing a resilient and reassuring leader; President John F. Kennedy, in his inaugural speech, offered the people of the United States the reassurance they desired. A hortatory tone was used by the president to deliver and convey a sense of inspiration to a country whose people needed it greatly. Kennedy applied interpersonal diction and the meticulous use of aphorisms to unceasingly inspire the citizens of America to unite and serve their country, and the world,
In his speech Kennedy uses different rhetorical devices to unify the citizens of both the United States and the world. Kennedy was giving this speech after winning by a very small margin of votes so he was trying to unite the people of the United States and show he was the correct choice for the president. This speech was given during the Cold War so he was trying to connect the people around the whole world and establish peace. Kennedy was able to unify the people and try to establish peace while at the same time making himself seem like a very competent leader. In his speech Kennedy tries to build his credibility as a personable leader by creating ethos.
Rhetorical analyst Omair Khan states that Kennedy “had an enormous level of credibility as well as the authority and experience that comes with being the president of the United States” which is true because as the president, he had a huge amount of good will and was to be believed to turn the circumstances around
J.F Kennedy, the president of United States wanted to put the first Americans to the moon-America exploring the moon, so he directed his speech to the people of taxes and Rice University to promote his space exploration program that will help America to be the first country to explore the moon. He believes that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. Throughout J.F Kennedy's speech, the speaker makes effective use of evidence, reasoning, rhetorical elements, and rhetorical devices that together form his argument to gain people support for his space exploration program. J.F Kennedy was trying to prove his point of view by giving examples and using a lot of Rhetorical devices and appeals that would grab the reader's attention
John F. Kennedy was known for his charming, charismatic, and relatable personality which significantly attributed to him winning the presidency in 1960. These admirable characteristics of his were easily seen in his speeches as U.S. senator and as president, in which it was apparent he not only had the charm, but also incorporated his personal values into his administration as a public servent. One speech in particular which highlights this fact is his “City Upon a Hill” speech. John F. Kennedy’s “City Upon a Hill” speech was given on Jan. 9th 1961 as his final speech prior to being sworn in as president, which he delivered to the general court of Massachusetts. In this speech, Kennedy compared the impending challenges of his presidency to the troubles facing the first Puritan settlers of Massachusetts in the 1600's in John Winthrop’s original “city upon a hill” speech.
What We Really Miss About The 1950s In her essay, “What We Really Miss About the 1950s”, Stephany Coontz talks about the myth of the 1950s. She begins her argument by stating some reasons why the nostalgia for the 1950s exists. The main thing Americans miss about the those days is the stability. She acknowledges that this fallacy is not insane.
On January 20, 1961, forty-three-year-old John F, Kennedy delivered his inaugural address in Washington D.C after being sworn in as the thirty-fifth United States President. He memorably captured the attention of the entire nation with one of the finest speeches written to date, tugging on the heartstrings and logistically addressing the worries of many Americans. Making his point clear and comprehendible, Kennedy reached larger audiences than his predecessors, bringing a sense of calmness to the public during the height of the Cold War, national talk of communism, and the impending fear of nuclear attacks. He took austere consideration to the chaos erupting both internationally and nationally by instilling a sense of union amongst Americans in attempts to creating lasting peace. Utilizing a fearless rhythm of persuasiveness and motivational tactics, Kennedy connects to his audience through emotional