Write your answers to these questions on a separate sheet of paper • What has the biggest impact on your political views today? • Where do you get your news from? • Does the media have a large impact on your political views?
The Election of 1960 • First election where Television plays an important role • Over 13 million dollars spent on tv and radio ads • Vice President Richard Nixon v. John F. Kennedy • Candidates have similar views on economy and foreign affairs
The Election of 1960 • John F. Kennedy • Catholic • Youngest president to date • “Missile Gap”
The Election of 1960 • Richard M. Nixon • Vice President under Eisenhower • Foreign affairs experience • Believes Democrats will boost inflation
The Election of 1960 • Do you believe that T.V. has resulted in “packaged product” political candidates as Eric Sevareid believes? • Why do you think that Kennedy is the only Catholic president ever elected?
Kennedy’s domestic Agenda • Deficit Spending • Space Race • Defense • Tax Cuts
Kennedy’s Foreign Agenda • “Flexible Response” • Increase in traditional forces • Economic Aid to Latin America • Special Forces • Peace Corps • Space Race • Increases US Activity in Vietnam
What types of containment is Kennedy using and where is he using them? • Why is it important to win the Space Race?
The Bay of Pigs • Revolution in Cuba establishes Fidel Castro as leader • Kennedy approves plan for trained Cuban Exiles to invade Cuba and start an uprising • How would the domino theory motivate Kennedy to take action in Cuba?
A Catastrophic Failure • Cuban rebels land in April 17, 1961 in the Bay of Pigs • Boats hit coral reefs • Strong resistance from Castro’s forces • Lack of American Air Support • Miscommunication results in friendly fire on American planes • Plot to overthrow government exposed • Cuban Exiles are negotiated for aid
Cuban Missile Crisis • Define the Cuban Missile Crisis • What containment Strategies are used? • What does Kennedy acknowledge about Khrushchev’s demands? • How might this have led WWIII? • How was WWIII avoided?