John F. Kennedy – The 35th President of America
John F. Kennedy is the thirty-fifth president and was also an active advocate of civil rights in America. As one of the presidents in the U.S.
history have been assassinated, John F. Kennedy is well known for many events such as Cuban Missile Crisis, the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, the Alliance for Progress and his own assassination. After President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963, Dallas people have faced troubles while traveling around the country for many years. Sometimes, because of their origin, people denied to service them. The book Dallas 1963 written by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis a mesmerizing piece of work about all the problems that go around that times. I will examine eight points based on the book Dallas 1963.
Dallas, Texas was founded in 1841 has become one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Southern United States. However, back in the 1960s, Dallas is not as open as it is today. During this time, Dallas was full of racism and there are many combining angry forces in Dallas and throughout the South. The authorities such as governors, senators, even the mayors still rally to resist many things: the revolutionary integration edicts ordered by federal government, by the Supreme Court, by political forces in the North, and so on. Almost Dallas people are innocent and a bit of na??ve, hopeful, and ill-informed. They are looking for someone or something that will give them a purpose of life.
The leadership in Dallas fear communism, civil rights, and particularly John F. Kennedy. Because to most of them, President Kennedy was viewed as a danger in the Southern of United States, not because he was potentially soft on communism but because of the civil rights issue. Most of Southerners in 1963 still belonged to Democratic Party. Therefore, the Dallas people in the opposition of President Kennedy. In fact, contradicted feelings toward him in Dallas and among southern white people generally.
Martin Luther King was born and raised in an activist family. Therefore, his view about the society has a great influence from them. By 1960, the Civil Rights Movement had obtained strong momentum thorough the South. Martin Luther King Jr. employed nonviolent measures which helped African American activists win supporters across the country and throughout the world. Because the leadership in Dallas want to keep the same way as it was. They dont want equal between white and black men. They want more inferior the black people and MLK was stopping it from happening. He demands for equal rights between American people without distinguish their race or the color of their skin. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to make it easier for his people and many others, and he died because of that effort.
As Holocaust survivors who immigrated to the United States after the war, many people in indignant about discrimination in this country. The sting of personal discrimination parallels disgust with segregation and institutionalized racism in the United States and motivates many people to work to end it. Some of them participated the Civil Rights movement, influenced by the fresh wound of the Holocaust, earlier pogroms, and everyday discrimination. Holocaust survivors fear the direction that Dallas was taking because Dallas in the position of hated and discriminate the holocaust.
Dallas has many peculiar personalities that attracted many people. During the 1950s and 1960s, Dallas became one of the third largest technology centers. Which grew into the Dallas Market, the largest wholesale trade complex in the world. It is the place of job opportunities and evolution, especially in the metro industry. Dallas was also the top job generator in the country. There were about three hundred thousand people from different states that migrated here every year. The President described his visit to Dallas as a visit to the nut country. The President was aware of the people in Dallas and its leadership and in particular the hostility that they harbored against him. He knew that they were capable of anything given the fact that the city was taking a direction that was so different from the rest of the country. The city was also corrupt and divided and to a point referring to it as nut country was rather accurate as it denoted crazy. Crazy Town would be a perfect respond for Kennedys saying. It would be accurate to state that Dallas was indeed responsible for the assassination of President John F Kennedy. The president was shot in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald but the city in itself was so poisonous and resentful against the president that collectively it can be stated that it was responsible for the assassination.
Societal attitudes in Dallas back in the 1960s is the opposition of Kennedys presidency. Because he supported the Civil Rights movement alongside with Martin Luther King. Dallas, Texas has always been a conservative city and was against the Civil Rights movement. They show their hated and protest against the Civil Rights movement. In the 1960s, we start to see it shift towards being a progressive and desegregated area. Time changes, societal attitudes also change. Dallas is not as it used to be anymore. The people became more and more innovative thinkers than ever before. Not only in Dallas but also in the United States as well. Dallas has made a start and there is a challenge to keep moving forward.
In conclusion, there are many reasons and theories that go around President Kennedys assassination and why Dallas dislike him so much. Based on the book Dallas 1963, eight points of view that are presented explain those reasons. Overall, President John F. Kennedy is a man that mean to be respected not only for his legacy but what his doing to make every American people live in equally and independently in society.
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