How did the assassination of
John F. Kennedy effect the
By: Jonathan Leal
Events leading up
• Although he had not formally announced
his candidacy, it was clear that President
Kennedy was going to run, and he
seemed confident about his chances for
• At the end of September, the president
traveled west, speaking in nine different
states in less than a week.
• President Kennedy was murdered while
riding in a motorcade through Dealy Plaza
in Dallas at 12:30 PM on Friday,
November 22, 1963 with his wife sitting
beside him and John Connally driving.
• Lee Harvey Oswald was detained shortly after
as the alleged killer, but was murdered by a
police officer named J.D. Tippit before he could
be fully interrogated.
• This arose many conspiracy theories
proclaiming the involvement the CIA, the FBI,
and/or the Republican party to name a few.
• However The ten-month investigation of the
Warren Commission concluded that the
President was assassinated by Oswald, and that
he was acting alone.
The effect among the public
• In the United States, the assassination
dissolved differences among all people as
they were brought together in one
common theme which was the shock and
sorrow after the assassination.
The political effects
• Vice president Lyndon B. Johnson, who
was riding two cars back from Kennedy
during shooting, took over after his death.
• He was able to pass civil rights legislation
mostly because Congressmen also felt bad
for Kennedy’s death.
• Also Kennedy planned to withdraw troops
from Vietnam, which drastically changed
when LBJ took over, who escalated the war