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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) Address of Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts at Executive Committee Meeting

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05313 Author/Creator: Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) Place Written: s.l. Type: Typed document Date: circa 16 October 1953 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Advance copy of the address given at American Legion National Headquarters, Indianapolis, Indiana. Criticizes the weakness of the American Air Force, compared to the Soviets, and advocates "a Strategic Air Force with sufficient retaliatory powers." With Kennedy's autograph notes in ink and pencil on verso of p. 4, and manuscript edits in blue ink on p. 1-3 (possibly in the handwriting of his wife, Jacqueline). The bottom of page 2 has been clipped and replaced with a new typewritten section.

People: Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963.
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929- .

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: President, Government and Civics, Military History, Aviation, Air Force, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Cold War, Communism, Congress, Fraternal Organization, First Lady

Sub Era: The Fifties Postwar Politics and the Origins of the Cold War