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John F. Kennedy and a New Generation

John F. Kennedy and a New Generation

3rd Edition

David Burner

Nov 2008, Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN13: 9780205603459
ISBN10: 0205603459
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In this biography, David Burner explores the controversies, successes, and failures in the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy--and how he shaped the modern American consciousness.

Burner discusses John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) as both an individual and a leader, allowing the reader to examine the changes that took place in the American political and social systems as reflected in the hopeful days of Kennedy's “Camelot.”

Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each of the titles in the “Library of American Biography” series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

Editor’s Preface

Author's Preface.
1. Being a Kennedy.
2. The Rise to Stardom, 1945-1960.
3. On the Hustings.
4. A New Generation.
5. At the Brink?

6. The Cuban Missile Crisis
7. Kennedy's Fears on Vietnam.
8. Fires of Frustration.
9. Now We Are All Keynesians.
10. “The Torch Is Passed.”

Study and Discussion Questions

  • Illustrates how Kennedy exemplified caution and prudence in conducting himself in a nuclear age.
  • Covers Kennedy’s masterful handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the fall of 1962.
  • Discusses Kennedy’s negotiation of a test ban treaty on atomic weapons and the role he played in precipitating a thaw in the Cold War.
  • Examines the restraint Kennedy exercised in Southeast Asia and how anxious he was to avoid having American combat troops participate in the Vietnam War.
  • Shows how the tax cut that Kennedy proposed in 1963 may have been responsible for reviving the economy when enacted the following year and how his efforts anticipated the poverty programs of Lyndon Johnson.
  • Explores legislation proposed by Kennedy, outlawing discrimination in public places, that took form in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • Shows how Kennedy planted the seeds for what became the Great Society.
  • Presents Kennedy as an emblem of the energy of youth and reform, as symbolized in his Peace Corps and in the awakening of college campuses to issues of right and wrong