The televised broadcast of President Kennedy’s famous speech “Let us build a better world” is a classic example of an American challenge to the rest of the world. On this day, American astronauts reached the moon, although the first landing would not occur until 1969. Photographs of the earthrise were taken during the Apollo 8 data collection mission in 1968. The nation’s youth responded to Kennedy’s call for change and peace. In fact, a generation of Americans joined the Peace Corps and began volunteering in various organizations in the United States. The tone of the country was positive and forward-looking.
Kennedy’s challenge to the youth of America was an appealing one. He had promised the young people of America a chance to lead the strongest nation in the world. However, his first years in office proved to be difficult and his presidency was doomed. The Bay of Pigs invasion failed, the Soviet Union’s invasion of Cuba, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the deteriorating situation in Southeast Asia had many Americans feeling overwhelmed.
While a peaceful revolution was not possible, he believed in the power of the American people to do good. In his book “Profiles in Courage,” he argued that the United States could help the world overcome its challenges. He also urged the young to participate in the movement by establishing the Alliance for Progress, a group of progressive Americans who sent aid to countries in Latin America to improve their living standards.
Kennedy’s challenge to young Americans was met with mixed reactions. On one hand, they were enamored with the idea of space travel, but the reaction was more emotional. They felt that the American dream was within reach. And in fact, this dream was realized and millions of dollars were appropriated for the mission. As a result, Alan Shepherd and John Glenn became the first Americans to orbit the earth and Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon.
The challenge was a challenge that Kennedy made during his campaign. He had pledged to meet the challenges of the strongest nation in the free world, and he had to do so early on in his presidency. The challenges began early, with the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and the construction of the Berlin Wall. On the other hand, he was overthrown by events on the ground in Southeast Asia.
In the fall of 1963, Kennedy’s challenge had become more concrete. He called on young Americans to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. The U.S. Congress appropriated billions of dollars for the mission, and he hoped that the United States would see more of the moon in the coming decades. By the time he gave the presidential speech, the US had been involved in the civil rights movement and made major strides.