How did one man inspire a nation and motivate Americans to work harder and give something back to their government? John F. Kennedy will long be remembered for challenging the American people--to put a man on the moon, put aside racial prejudices, join a volunteer corps to help undeveloped countries. Find out how in a commemoration of the life and legacy of the 35th President. Includes interviews with political satirist Mort Sahl and Cliff Robertson, who played JFK on film. (1-hour version).
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John F. Kennedy - Full Biography (44:08)
John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the second child of Joseph Patrick and Rose Kennedy. Rose Kennedy taught her son a love of American history and politics.
Considered an underdog candidate, John F. Kennedy decided to focus on looking and acting presidential. When he faced Richard Nixon in America's first televised debates, he won over the public with his confidence and charm.
A wealthy, educated Catholic girl, Jacqueline Bouvier's beauty and likability suited his political aspirations and made her the perfect bride for John F. Kennedy. The couple married on September 12, 1953 in Newport, Rhoda Island.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
John F. Kennedy is remembered for challenging the American people: to put a man on the moon, to put aside racial prejudices, to join a volunteer corps. This special explores the life and legacy of the 35th President.