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Knudsen, R. L. (fl. 1961) [John and Jacqueline Kennedy with unknown Mexican government officials]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05723.03 Author/Creator: Knudsen, R. L. (fl. 1961) Place Written: Mexico City, Mexico Type: Photograph Date: 1961 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph : color ; 20.6 x 25.3 cm.

John and Jackie Kennedy stand at a banquet table with four other people making a toast. Behind the table is a backdrop with the American and Mexican flag crossed.

The Alliance for Progress - Alianza para el Progreso - was described by President Kennedy as "a vast cooperative effort, unparalleled in magnitude and nobility of purpose, to satisfy the basic needs of the American people for homes, work and land, health and schools - techo, trabajo y tierra, salud y escuela." The Alliance for Progress initiative focused on maintaining democratic government, on industrial and agrarian development, and on more equitable distribution of wealth. The initial reference to the Alliance for Progress by John F. Kennedy was in an October 18, 1960 campaign speech in Tampa Florida. The program was officially launched on March 13, 1961 in front of the Ambassadors from Latin America in the East Room of the White House. The speech was broadcast in Spanish, Portuguese, French and English throughout the hemisphere by the Voice of America.

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