John F Kennedy’s presidency was responsible for the successful establishment of the Peace Corps. This program allowed was anyone to go abroad into third world countries as health advisors, educators, and volunteers with any skill set could contribute to make the third world countries develop. Much of the Peace Corps was populated by young college students, but the program encouraged women and African American citizens to contribute as well. The outcome of this program was that it offered aid to underprivileged nations and created a positive reflection on the citizens of the United States. Moreover, it portrayed the U.S. as a benevolent figure in helping with the post war devastation not only in Europe, but any other nation who helped the
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This was to gather enough people in Cuba to try and overthrow Fidel Castro. When this failed, the United States sent troops on a mission which was organized and funded by the CIA when Fidel Castro declared that he was converting to Marxist-Leninist principles. They also had the help of exiled Cubans, yet when they got to the battleground, they had greatly underestimated the Cuban counter attack. The invasion was a failure because prior to it, there was an air attack which Castro took to an advantage and prepared his troops. When the troops arrived on the land, Castro’s army was prepared and they destroyed the invaders right where they landed. The outcome of this event was nowhere near success for the United States. Many of the U.S. troops were held hostage by Castro’s army and in 1962, they used them to their advantage by trading them in return for supplies from the United States.
Another failure was the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962, Nikita Khrushchev threatened the United States by saying he would put nuclear missiles in Cuba in response to the United States putting nuclear missiles in Turkey. Since Cuba was so close to Florida’s coast, this scared the whole nation and JFK. Cuba was being led by Fidel Castro, who admired the Soviet Union’s communist ways, but since the Cuban economy depended on the United States’ sugar to buy essential products, Castro had to stay loyal to the United States. However, the Soviet Union