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Account For The Limits On Domestic Reform In The 1960s There are numerous reasons for the limitation of domestic reform throughout the 1960s from Kennedy through Johnson to Nixon this essay will explore domestic reform in the United States in the 1960s John Fitzgerald Kennedy became President elect in President in November 1960 His opponent Richard Milhouse Nixon was a much more experienced politician however Kennedys youthful vigour shone through in the first ever televised presidential debates Nixon was a master of the old way and although a competent speaker his on screen presentation made him look old ill and very haggard Kennedys background his war hero status and family financial input was very beneficial to his campaign and his proficient rhetoric shone through especially on areas like civil rights on which he had been vocal in the electoral campaign to canvas the Black vote Kennedys use of the balanced ticket in selecting Lyndon Baines Johnson as his Vice President also gained him many votes It was almost not enough and Kennedy was elected with a marginal mandate Kennedy often used the phrase New Frontier in campaign rhetoric Once he was elected it became the broad term used to describe all domestic reform This reform was focused in many areas from the poor and ethnic minorities to the economy and further a field It raised the hopes of minority groups who expected reform Although there was a Democratic majority in Congress they acted very conservatively and the conservative-coalition of southern democrats were not in favour of civil rights During Kennedys short time in the white house he attempted to pass numerous domestic reforms Kennedy was reluctant to oppose Southern democrats on the issue of civil rights and for much of his presidency ignored the rhetoric that got him elected It wasnt until the mid term elections when Kennedy spoke about a civil rights bill which he would only propose when
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