America's Camelot: JFK's Presidency

America's Camelot: JFK's Presidency

John F. Kennedy's presidency was (and is) often called America's Camelot because it was such a good time for the country. In this article, I will compare the two periods of time: one fictional and one real.

Who was King Arthur?

King Arthur was the mythical King of England. King Arthur was a valiant and mighty warrior, winning twelve great battles in which he united the small kingdoms of Britain under his rule. Arthur managed to assemble knights who would help him rule efficiently.

Who was John F. Kennedy?

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States. He was a war hero, surviving the destruction of PT-109 in the Solomon Islands. JFK was later awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart. He later became the President of the United States and was assassinated on November 22, 1963. During his presidency, he founded the Peace Corps, which helped people in undeveloped countries. However, the president was hampered by his many health problems.

How are these leaders similar?

Both Arthur and John F. Kennedy were soldiers who fought in the front lines for their countries. Both of these leaders also had many loyal and dedicated people to help them because they were good leaders.

What was Camelot?

Camelot is the mythical castle and court of King Arthur, and England under his rule. The time of Camelot was said to have been an excellent time for the nation because it was under a strong ruler who would protect it from invasion and attack. King Arthur's court was instrumental in his stable reign.

When was JFK's presidency?

John F. Kennedy's presidency lasted two years, from 1961 to 1963, when he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Like Camelot, John F. Kennedy's presidency was a time of war, however, the country was doing well in the midst of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis. America had been the first country to land a man on the moon, and things seemed to be looking up. Then, just like Arthur, John F. Kennedy was killed in the climax of his presidency, and it all went downhill.

How are these times similar?

Both of these periods of time were good times for the country at hand, and they were both cut short by the death of their leader.


John F. Kennedy's presidency was compared to the mythical Camelot. Both America and Camelot had great leaders who motivated their people to help them. Both JFK's presidency and Arthur's rule were times when their countries prospered in the midst of wars, and both ended abruptly with the death of their leaders.