John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest


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  • Introduction: In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy tells the stories of eight U.S. senators who risked their careers to do the right thing for their country. These leaders demonstrated political courage by standing up for the public good despite pressure from interest groups, their political parties, and even their constituents. The JFK Courage Essay Contest asks students to write an original and creative essay demonstrating an understanding of the political courage described in John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage.
  • Competition Format: Describes and analyzes an act of political courage by an American elected official who served during or after 1917. Includes an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. Essays may address issues at the local, state, national, or international level. Because originality is one of the criteria for review, students are strongly encouraged to present officials in their town, state or region, or leaders who have addressed issues of concern to them.
  • Competition Requirement: Word count is a maximum of 1,000 and a minimum of 700, excluding citations and bibliography; Use at least five different sources, such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews.
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