Describe the political impact of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; include the impact on civil rights legislation


Who shot him, why, where, what date. who became president when he died?

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald allegedly shot at the President three times from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building. He was shot in a open-top convertible while on a parade route through downtown Dallas. He was pronounced dead at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital 30 minutes later. When President John F. Kennedy died, his Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became the new, acting President.

What was Johnson’s viewpoint on Civil Rights?

Even though Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, lifted racist immigration restrictions, and even tried bringing down the Klu Klux Klan, he was actually very racist. His relationships with “blacks were marred by his prejudice”, even during his Presidency. Segregationists even felt betrayed by him when he passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and when he started going to larger lengths to end racism and fight for civil rights, such as the making of the Great Society.

What Civil Rights legislation was Kennedy working on that never got passed?

Kennedy’s civil rights bill was left to Johnson when Kennedy died. It eventually turned into the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was passed mainly as a way to help honor President John F. Kennedy and his life as President.


The information that will stick with me and surprised me the most is that Lee Harvey Oswald was able to sneak a gun into what should have been a secure area in order to assassinate the President. I would have thought that there would be more precautions in the surrounding areas. This security issue still occurs today, as many worry that even with the maximum security on the President today, it is not enough to keep him safe in public situations.


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