Essential Question How did the assassination of President John F. Kennedy impact the United States?
Learning Goals With the events surrounding the assassination of President JFK, students will understand the impact that John F. Kennedy had on America during his short term as president.
John F. Kennedy -- the first president born in the 20th century, scion of a family who rose from obscurity to wealth, power and political prominence -- was a leader for a new generation. He was also the first and only Catholic chief executive, the youngest president to be elected, and the youngest to die in office. Much like Teddy Roosevelt, JFK projected an image of glamour, intellectualism, and physical vigor. Kennedy inspired an entire generation of young people with his idealism and his concept of public service. His assassination in Dallas on November 22, 1963, was a national tragedy, and made Kennedy into a legend.
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