John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address

(ca. 1961)

Context

Although the country was not fighting an actual battle when Kennedy was elected, it was at war. The cold war was a direct result of World War II and a major concern to the incoming president. Soon after the end of the war in Europe, the enemy became the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and Kennedy predicted that the United States could be at war with the Soviets within fifteen years. His forewarnings about the growing power of the Soviet Union proved true, and by 1960 the Soviet Union had extended its influence in Asia and Europe. In his speech of January 2, 1960,...

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