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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, ADDRESS TO NATION ON CIVIL RIGHTS (June 11, 1963)
Read the excerpt of President Kennedy's speech below. Then answer the questions that follow it. It ought to be possible for American students of any color to attend any public institution without having to be backed up by troops. It ought to be possible for American consumers of any color to receive equal service in places of public accommodation, such as hotels and restaurants and theaters and retail stores, without being forced to resort to demonstrations in the street, and it ought to be possible for American citizens of any color to register and to vote in a free election without interference or fear of reprisal. . . . In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated. But this is not the case. Answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper.
1. Summarize President Kennedy's statement in your own words.
2. Identify and analyze the historical connections between Kennedy's statement and the laws and Court decisions of the Reconstruction period in the United States.