John F Kennedy Assassination
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John F. Kennedy Assassination.
During his electoral battle tour in the southern states, President John F. Kennedy visited
Dallas on November 22, 1963. On his arrival at 11:40, he was warmly welcomed by the people of
Dallas. Kennedy, Governor John Connally and their wives sat down in the limousine of the
President which led the motorcade through the town. When the motorcade arrived in Dealey
Plaza at 12:30 , it turned right from Main to Houston Street and just seconds later it took the turn
onto Elm Street passing the Schoolbook Depository Building. Just when the limousine passed the
Stemmons Freeway sign, Mrs. Connally heard gunshots. When she turned, looking at the
President, she saw him taking his hand to his throat covering a gunshot wound. The next second,
Governor Connally felt an ache in his back which he realized was a shot.
The reaction of the Secret Service Agents was quite slow. Most of them had spent the
evening before in "The Cellar" a bar that was owned by an acquaintance of Jack Ruby. 45
minutes later, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on charge of murdering police officer J.D. Tippit.
After hours of interrogation where he had no lawyer and standard police procedure was violated,
Oswald was accused of murdering President John F. Kennedy. On November 24, 1963, a Sunday
morning, the police attempted to hand him over to the State Prison. In the garage of the police
building, he was shot by Jack Ruby in front of hundreds of journalists and millions of TV
The assassination took place in Dealy plaza where the Texas school book depository is.
According to the Warren commission, President Kennedy was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald,
a lone gunman who fired out of the 6th floor window of the book depository. There are many
different theories and possible conspiracies surrounding the assassination. Some say the President
Kennedy was killed by a single “magic” bullet. When one looks at the path the “magic” bullet
supposedly took through President Kennedy and into Governor Connolly, It seems impossible.
Throughout the paper we will try to prove and disprove the possibility of a conspiracy.
President Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass., on May 29, 1917, a descendant of Irish
Catholics who had immigrated to America in the 19th century. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy,
was a combative businessman who became a multimillionaire, head of the Securities and
Exchange Commission, and ambassador to Great Britain. He and his wife, Rose Fitzgerald
Kennedy, had the highest ambitions for their nine children, of whom John was the second son.
In 1946, Kennedy ran successfully for a Boston-based seat in the U.S. House of
Representatives; he was re-elected in 1948 and 1950. As a congressman he backed social
legislation that benefited his working-class voters. Kennedy hoped for a strong, anti-Communist
foreign policy throughout his career. Restless in the House, Kennedy challenged incumbent
republican senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., in 1952. Although the Republican presidential
candidate, Dwight D. Eisenhower won in Massachusetts as well as the country as a whole,
Kennedy showed his remarkable vote-getting appeal by defeating Lodge.
A year later, on Sept. 12, 1953, Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier. The couple had
three children: Caroline Bouvier (Nov. 27, 1957), John Fitzgerald, Jr. (Nov. 25, 1960), and a
second son who died in infancy in August 1963. Kennedy was a relatively ineffectual senator. In
1956, Kennedy bid unsuccessfully for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination. Thereafter,
he set his sights on the presidency, especially after his reelection to the Senate in 1958. He
continued during these years to support a firmly anti-Communist foreign policy.
By 1960, Kennedy was but one of many democratic aspirants for the party's presidential
nomination. He put together a well-financed, highly organized campaign, and won on the first
ballot. As a northerner and a Roman Catholic, he recognized his lack of strength in the South and
shrewdly chose Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson of Texas as his running mate. Kennedy also
performed well in a series of unprecedented television debates with his Republican opponent,
Vice-president Richard M. Nixon. Kennedy promised tougher defense policies and progressive
health, housing, and civil rights programs. His New Frontier, he pledged, would bring the nation
out of its economic slump.
Kennedy won the election, but by a narrow margin. He lacked reliable majorities in
congress. When advocates of racial justice picked up strength in 1962-63, he moved belatedly to
promote civil rights legislation. He also sought a tax cut to stimulate the economy. At the time of
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