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Address at American University, Washington, D.C., 10 June 1963

Address at American University, Washington, D.C., 10 June 1963
1963: 10 June-25 July
114 digital pages
This folder contains materials collected by the office of President John F. Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, concerning President Kennedy's address at the 1963 commencement ceremony for American University held at the John M. Reeves Athletic Center in Washington, D.C. In his speech the President asks the graduates to re-examine their attitudes towards peace, the Soviet Union, and the Cold War, famously remarking, "If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity." The President also announces that he, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan have agreed to hold discussions concerning a comprehensive nuclear test ban treaty. Finally, he explains that the United States will not conduct atmospheric nuclear tests on the condition that other countries uphold this same promise. Materials in this folder include various memoranda, a draft by Special Counsel and speechwriter Theodore Sorensen, a press copy, a reading copy with handwritten notations by the President, and a mimeographed copy of the speech, in addition to telegrams, a program for the ceremony, a copy of the spring edition of American University's Lodestar, and a summary of foreign press reactions to the address.
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  • Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
  • President (1961-1963 : Kennedy). Office of the Personal Secretary. , 1961 - 1963
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Papers of John F. Kennedy. President's Office Files. Speech Files. Address at American University, Washington, D.C., 10 June 1963
This series contains, in chronological order, speeches, remarks, announcements and proclamations which President Kennedy made during the three years of his administration. A major portion of the material is the official press copy of speeches, but there are also numerous reading copies, drafts, memoranda, schedules of visits, and other supplementary information and background material on particular speeches. The speeches and remarks vary a great deal as to subject and reflect the President's schedule of visits to cities and foreign countries, meetings with heads of state, greetings to visiting groups and dignitaries, messages to Congress, remarks at state receptions and banquets, and official proclamations. The Speech Files are rich with the President's notations and comments, since reading copies, drafts, dinner menus, programs and so forth were all used to make notations and changes. An alphabetic index, by name and subject, is included to assist researchers unfamiliar with the chronology. Researchers should consult the Speech Files primarily for the texts of particular speeches. It should be noted, however, that the series is not a complete compilation of the speeches of President Kennedy. Announcements, remarks, and proclamations on numerous other topics not included in the Speech Files may also be found in Series 4. Legislative Files, Series 8. Subjects, and Series 9. Countries. Researchers will find the Theodore Sorensen Personal Papers, also housed at the Kennedy Library, a helpful additional source. Researchers should also consult the Public Papers of the Presidents, John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963 (3 volumes), which are well-indexed.
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