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.
- What was Johnson’s viewpoint on Civil Rights
- What Civil Rights legislation was Kennedy working on that never got passed
John F. Kennedy was shot by Harvey Oswald on November 22nd, 1963 at 12:30 p.m. They were in Dallas and when they reached the Texas School Book Depository Building, shots were fired. There are many conspiracies as to why JFK was assassinated. Some blame the Mafia, and some even blame Lyndon Johnson. No one will ever truly know why this tragedy happened. After his death, the Vice President Lyndon Johnson became the 36th President of the United States. Kennedy was working on a Civil Rights Bill, that was eventually changed by Johnson and passed as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although Johnson got the Civil Rights Act passed, he was extremely racist. He often used derogatory and practically forbidden words. Many of the segregationists were upset by him because they felt as though he betrayed them. They thought he was on their team.
Reflection: I was very shocked to hear the language that Johnson frequently used, especially considering how far he has moved the country with pushing the Civil Rights Act to be passed. I think this was a terrible event in history and still brings pain and concern today.