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50 years later, the country looks back on the legacy of JFK

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50 years after he was shot to death in Dallas, Texas, President John F. Kennedy is still a subject of fascination, discussion, and debate among millions around the country.

This past week, millions of news programming and historical documentaries have aired on television and online devoted to JFK and the legacy he left behind. Millions of people still remember exactly where they were when it was announced the president had been shot, and millions more have since seen video footage of the shooting, now widely available for viewing through the internet.

During his short time in office, Kennedy managed to leave behind a legacy like few others have, before or since. Many remember him, undoubtedly, for his style, charisma, and the fact that, despite his relative inexperience, he defeated far more experienced men for the role of president. His wife, Jacqueline, is also equally as remembered as her husband today, thanks to her own brand of style and beauty, which women today still often try to emulate.

However, JFK can also be remembered today for being in office at one of the most turbulent times in the nation's history. This was at a time of Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union, when nuclear war seemed inevitable. In America, the Civil Rights movement was also starting to take form, with a growing number of African American beginning to demonstrate the demand for equal rights.

While his political legacy lives on, so does the debate over his death. Many Americans today still question exactly who killed him, with many still refusing to believe one man acted alone in the assassination, however strong the motive may have seemed. JFK became, perhaps, an even larger cultural icon in death than he had in life.

While we may never know if there were others involved in the death, undoubtedly, the legacy of JFK will live on, as a huge part of American history.



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