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Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) [Portion of an address on the containment of Communism]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02313 Author/Creator: Kennedy, John F. (1917-1963) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph manuscript Date: circa 12 August 1952 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Incomplete draft of a speech Kennedy delivered 12 August 1952 to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Federation of Labor. Reflects on Communist expansion and America's need to contain it. Working manuscript with many insertions and deletions. Written on stationary of the House of Representatives.

People: Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: President Government and Civics, Communism, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Congress

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