Essay sample - The Legacy of Joe and Rose Kennedy

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This essay describes the legacy of the Kennedys, who are perhaps the most famous American family in politics. Their political participation has shaped America since the early part of the 20th century, and as such, they have earned a mystique about them. …


No other political family in history has ever had this much public interest form around them as the Kennedys did, mainly because no other political family has ever been quite as interesting. This essay demonstrates political mystique, that all began with a wedding ceremony, when Joseph Kennedy married Rose Elizabeth Fitzpatrick on October 7, 1914, and through triumph and tragedy they shaped one of this countries most politically prominent families of the 20th century. The Kennedy legacy, that is the main topic of the essay does live on, mostly at the present time through Ted Kennedy, who continues to be active in the Senate and whose legacy reflects upon that of his father’s and brothers’. Ted is also still Catholic, a fact Rose would be proud of. However, the other sons and daughters of Joe and Rose Kennedy certainly also were influenced by their parents, as can be seem in their political drive and acceptance of, or rejection of, the Catholic religion. Rose and Joe heavily influenced their children, as most parents do, however, they had the money and power to actually forward their children’s careers, which they did. Whether politics was always a Kennedy ambition or only Joe’s ambition is difficult to say, as it seems Joe did want all of his sons to go into politics. Rose’s influence can also be seen in the children, as John Kennedy, for instance, would become the first Catholic President. Therefore, the influence of Rose and Joe Kennedy helped to spur a dynasty of America’s royalty, the Kennedys. ...
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