John Foster Dulles: Radio and Television Address on Communism in Guatemala

(1954)

John Foster Dulles was one of the first secretaries of state of the cold war era. Steadfast in his beliefs and an experienced orator, Dulles adeptly explained the Eisenhower administration’s foreign policy decisions in public forums. Particularly when controversial matters needed to be addressed, Dulles, rather than Dwight Eisenhower, publicly spoke about them. In the conformist 1950s, when critiques of U.S. cold war policy were considered tantamount to embracing Communism, Dulles’s unflinching commitment to destroying the global Communist threat was widely embraced and almost never challenged. Dulles’s complete conviction of the righteousness of the anti-Communist cause as well as the significance of his role in the battle against Communism contributed to the strength of his public orations. He never faltered or reconsidered his position in interviews, and his responses, like his speeches, tended to have a proselytizing quality. Influenced by his experience as a...

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The young John Foster Dulles (Library of Congress)

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