- JFK's wife, she became one
of America's most beautiful and cultured First Ladies, and a bellwether
Cuban revolutionary, he became Cuba's dictator in 1959 and quickly
led his country into an alliance with the U.S.S.R. Castro's ascendance
brought socialist ideology troublingly close to the U.S., leading
to the U.S. invasion of Cuba in the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
- Became famous as a general
during World War II, and was President of the Unites States from 1953
J. Edgar Hoover
- Head of the F.B.I. during the Eisenhower and Kennedy
- JFK's rival for the 1960
Democratic nomination, who subsequently became JFK's Vice-President.
Upon JFK's assassination in 1963, Johnson became President of
the Unites States, and remained in office until 1969.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
- A leader in the Civil
and a powerful advocate for black
Caroline Bouvier Kennedy
- JFK's daughter, born in 1957.
- Known as "Teddy," he was JFK's youngest brother
and later a Senator from Massachusetts.
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
- JFK's son, born in 1960.
- JFK's father. An Irish
Catholic from Boston, he made a fortune investing in the stock
market and was appointed Ambassador to Great Britain, where he supported
the British policy of appeasing Hitler in the years preceding World
War II. Joseph Kennedy, Sr.'s own political ambitions were blunted,
so he transferred them to his children, particularly JFK.
- JFK's older brother,
who was always understood to be the favorite of Joe Sr. Joe Jr.
was killed while still a young man, when his plane exploded during
World War II.
- JFK's favorite sister.
- JFK's younger brother,
he was named attorney general in the Kennedy administration.
Kennedy, Sr.'s wife, and JFK's mother.
- Premier of the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, he
was JFK's rival during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
- A Republican Senator from Wisconsin, he became famous
in the early 1950s for his allegations that the U.S. government
was infiltrated by Communists.
famous movie star with whom JFK had an affair.
- A Republican congressman who
became Eisenhower's Vice-President, and JFK's adversary in the
1960 presidential election.
Lee Harvey Oswald
- An unstable ex-Marine charged with assassinating
JFK in November 1963.
- JFK's adviser and principal speechwriter. He did
the bulk of the writing for Profiles in Courage
the 1956 book that won JFK the Pulitzer Prize.
- The failed Democratic candidate for president in 1952
and 1956. Under Kennedy, he was appointed ambassador to the United
- A Democrat, and the President
of the United States from 1945 to 1953, while JFK was serving
in the House of Representatives.