Can You Tell Me About JF Kennedy's New Frontier Policy?


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President John F. Kennedy first used the term, "New Frontier," in his acceptance speech. In response to his nomination for President of the United States, by the National Democratic Party, in 1960, John Kennedy introduced his New Frontier platform. This phrase became the label for his administration's foreign and domestic programs.

His words were, "We stand at the edge of a New Frontier-The frontier of unfulfilled hopes and dreams. It will deal with unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus." With these words, John Kennedy intended to awaken the country his intentions: to boost our economy; provide international aid to other countries in need; strengthen our national defence, and move our space program forward.

Kennedy wanted to prevent companies from forcing consumers to pay more than products were worth. As an advocate of civil rights, he wanted to rapidly pass legislation and although he died before he saw this accomplished, he set the in motion reforms, which exist today. Minimum wage increase was one of his successful endeavours.

The Peace Corps was put into place, and teachers willingly went to poorer nations to strengthen the educational systems, which translated into bolstering the economy of these nations. Health and Education aid to Latin America was enacted under his Alliance for Progress plan. The Partial Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union was signed to halt nuclear testing in the atmosphere, and placed restrictions on underground testing by United States and the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union successfully launched a cosmonaut into space in l960. Disappointed in the progress of the United States Space Program, Kennedy challenged the industry to put a man on the Moon by 1970. On July 20, l969, the world heard Neil Armstrong say, from the moon, "One small step for man and one giant step for mankind." President Kennedy did not witness this event, he was killed on November 22, l963 by Lee Harvey Oswald.

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