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JFK Addressing Poverty Abroad
Peace Corps One of the first campaign promises Kennedy fulfilled was the creation of the Peace Corps, a program of volunteer assistance to the developing nations of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Was a huge success, by 1968 over 35, 000 volunteers has served in 60 nations around the world.
President Kennedy greets the very first Peace Corps volunteers in August, 1962.
Alliance for Progress The Alliance for Progress offered economic and technical assistance to Latin American countries. From 1961 -1969, the US invested $12 billion in Latin America to deter countries from picking up Fidel Castro’s revolutionary ideas. The money created some development, but did not bring important reform.
Bogotá, December 17, 1961. "Here is inaugurated the first school of 22, 000 to be constructed by the Colombian government within the Alliance for Progress with the assistance of the President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy. "
On November 22, 1963, Jacqueline Kennedy and her husband sat in the back seat of an open-air limousine driving in Dallas, Texas in a Presidential Motorcade. A few seconds later rifle shots rang out and Kennedy was shot in the head. His car raced to a nearby hospital but it was too late – President Kennedy was dead.
Moments before being shot
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Johnson Sworn In
Warren Commission The ten-month investigation of the Warren Commission of 1963– 1964, concluded that the President was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, who was murdered by Jack Ruby before he could stand trial. This conclusion was initially met with support among the American public, however polls conducted from 1966 to 2004 concluded approximately 80% of the American public have held beliefs contrary to these findings. The assassination is still the subject of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios.
Conspiracy Theories An official investigation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), conducted from 1976 to 1979, concluded that Oswald assassinated President Kennedy as a result of a probable conspiracy. This conclusion of a likely conspiracy contrasts with the earlier conclusion by the Warren Commission that the President was assassinated by a lone gunman.
Conspiracy Theories cont’d In the ensuing four decades since the assassination, theories have been proposed or published that detail organized conspiracies to kill the President. These theories implicate, among others, Cuban President Fidel Castro, the anti. Castro Cuban community, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Mafia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), – or perhaps some combination of these.
Obama – JFK? ?