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American History 1302 29 August 2002 The Camelot Legacy The Camelot Era began with the presidential election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in November of 1960 and ended tragically with his assassination three years later Kennedys bold vision of a new frontier and idealistic programs won the hearts of young and old alike Why are Americans still fascinated with the Kennedy family and the Camelot Legacy The President impacted America with his bold vision of a new frontier and advance in space exploration The Bay of Pigs disaster caused John to distrust his military aides and turned more to his brother Senator Robert Kennedy for counsel The Kennedy administration stood up for what they believed in and took stands against the spread of Communism in such situations as the Vietnam Conflict and the Cuban Missile Crisis John F Kennedy went on television to explain the chaos and took responsibility for the catastrophe Ironically this only served to make him more popular with the public The President appropriated money to advance the competition with Russian Space Program The Russians were the first in space but America was the first to put a man on the moon The First Lady Jacqueline Jackie Kennedy also played a part in the building of Camelot Jackie set up a committee for the restoration of the White House Jackie felt the White House belong to America She believed the American public had the right to see their countrys remarkable history So she introduced the first edition of the White House Guide book describing the rooms and their themes in detail This book was to be sold to the visitors for a small fee which itself would go towards the growing restoration cost She also suggested the picturesque South Lawn of the White House as the site for ceremonies with visiting officials Jackie heightened our awareness of culture and its importance in our society She was a great example for
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