John F Kennedy's Inaugural Speech

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TIME CAPSULE BY GLORIA RODRIGUEZ EXPLORING THE 1960’S: AN INTERDISCIPLINAY APPROACH February 5, 2013 TIME CAPSULE On February 25, 2325 I was called to a dig I was supervising by my chief assistant. They had made a very interesting discovery. It was a time capsule discovered in a section of old New York once known as the Strawberry Fields area of Central Park. It had been buried for 365 years. Inside of the time capsule we found a Book. It was about John F. Kennedy, elected the 35th President of the United States in 1960 and who had picked Lyndon B. Johnson to be his Vice President. He wanted to prove to people that a “Roman Catholic can become President of the United States” which he accomplished. One of his most famous lines came from his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you –ask what you can do for your country.” Considering that in the years following this speech the United States became more of an everyone-is-out-for-themselves-and-to-hell-with-anyone-else philosophy, the JFK quote was wonderfully said. He was also responsible for starting the Peace Corps, which sent American Volunteers around the…show more content…
I could not imagine what they had to go through back in the 60s. Towards the end of his speech as he says, “Free at last, free at last thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” (Ibid.), tears were in all of our eyes. We cheered and applauded. If it was not for men like Martin Luther King, Jr. and others who started the civil rights movement, I don’t know if we would have ever been free. Would we be using a colored’s only restroom or a colored’s only drinking fountain? Would we still be eating in restaurants or would that be for whites only? Thank God we don’t have to find out because we are free to go and eat and drink just like any one else. It’s a shame that he was assassinated; I believe he could have accomplished so much more if he would have
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