The New Frontier

  • New Frontier Speech

    New Frontier Speech
    Acceptance of the Democratic Nomination for president
    Held in Denver, Colorado
    Had visions of a "new frontier," which would be a better America.
  • JFK speaks at Houston Ministers' Conference

    JFK speaks at Houston Ministers' Conference
    Delievered at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas
    Addressed the separation of church and state
    JFK officially declared his Catholic beliefs
  • JFK Debates Richard Nixon on Television

    JFK Debates Richard Nixon on Television
    First televised presidental debate
    Kennedy looked and spoke better than Nixon; NIxon looked sickly and nervous
    A new period of debates and politics came about
  • Cuban Missile Crisis

    Cuban Missile Crisis
    Closest world came to nuclear war
    Pictures taken by American planes discovered Soviet missel bases in Cuba
    Kennedy and Khrushchev come to agreement to remove missiles
  • JFK Wins Election in 1960

    JFK Wins Election in 1960
    Closest election since 1884
    Election set a tone for a new era in the White HouseInaugural speech set the tone for his presidency stating,
    "Ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country"
  • Bay of Pigs

    Bay of Pigs
    Approved by JFK
    Attempted to overthrow Castro
    Castro's army and militia surrounded the U.S. troops and the exiled Cubans and defeated the U.S. army
  • Freedom Riders

    Freedom Riders
    Bus attacked 3 times on the way to Birmingham, Alabama
    Once in Birmingham, a mob attacked and beat the Freedom Riders
    Police did not show up until well after the beatings had finished, even though they were only 2 blocks away from the bus
  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Wall
    Conflict with Soviet Union lead to the construction
    Seperated German Democratic Republic and West Berlin
    Stood for 28 years and 5,000 people successfully fled the country
  • Kennedy and Civil Rights

    Kennedy and Civil Rights
    First time a president addressed civil rights as a moral responsibility
    Kennedy's attempt to put a complete end to discrimination
    Very blunt and upfront about how he felt about racism. This was the first time a president had been so blunt about civil rights
  • Assassination of JFK

    Assassination of JFK
    Assasinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas
    Lee Harvey Oswald
    Shot while driving with his wife