Who Was John F. Kennedy?: Who Was...?
Yona Zeldis McDonough
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The man who saved the lives of his PT-109 crewmen during WWII and became the 35th president fought-and won-his first battle at the age of two-and-a-half, when he was stricken with scarlet fever. Although his presidency was cut short, our nation's youngest elected leader left an indelible mark on the American consciousness and now is profiled in our Who Was...? series. Included are 100 black-and-white illustrations as well as a timeline that guides readers through this eventful period in history.
On a plane back to Washington, D.C., Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as the new president. Jackie Kennedy stood by his side as he took the oath of office. It is now more than forty years since JFK was killed that terrible day in Dallas. Yet everyone alive at the time remembers where they were when they heard the awful news. Barely an hour-and-a-half later, a man named Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the shooting. Then only two days later, another man named Jack Ruby shot
Caroline and John-John. As the coffin passed them, John-John raised his hand in a final salute to his father. The image of the little boy saying good-bye was captured in one of the most famous photographs of all time. The horses kept moving slowly. Soon, they reached Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. There, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was laid to rest. An eternal flame was lit beside his grave. Like the legendary King Arthur, whom he had admired as a boy, John F. Kennedy tried to be a
against Irish immigrants. PROHIBITION IN 1920 THE EIGHTEENTH AMENDMENT TOOK EFFECT—PROHIBITING OR MAKING IT ILLEGAL TO MAKE, SELL, OR DRINK WINE, BEER, AND ALCOHOL. SOME PEOPLE FELT DRINKING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WAS IMMORAL. OTHERS FELT THAT PROHIBITION WOULD PUT A STOP TO ALCOHOL’S BAD INFLUENCE ON FAMILY LIFE. BUT WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT PROHIBITION ENCOURAGED CRIME ON A SCALE NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN AMERICA. SMUGGLING ALCOHOL (BOOTLEGGING) BECAME A BIG BUSINESS. PEOPLE BREWED THEIR OWN
and to be the best, too. He would show stuffy, stuck-up Boston just how good the Irish—and the Kennedys—could be. Yet Joe and Rose wanted their children to understand the value of a dollar. With their allowance, the young Kennedy children were expected to buy birthday and Christmas gifts for the family. When Jack was ten, his allowance was forty cents. At that time, an ice-cream sundae cost ten cents and a comic book, five. But Jack had become a Boy Scout. He needed more money now. So he wrote
glamorous. Jacqueline Kennedy turned the White House into a place of culture and Art with a capital A. Cellist Pablo Casals was a guest, as well as aviator Charles Lindbergh, composer Leonard Bernstein, and songwriter Irving Berlin. Another dinner brought together American winners of the Nobel Prize. Throughout the time he was president, JFK supported the arts. Because of his efforts, the National Endowment of the Arts was created, giving money to encourage artists of all kinds—actors, dancers,