Remarks at Amherst College on the Arts

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Remarks at Amherst College on the Arts

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Accession Number: WH-234-003

Digital Identifier: JFKWHA-234-003

Title: Remarks at Amherst College upon receiving an honorary degree, 26 October 1963

Date(s) of Materials: 26 October 1963

Description: Audio recording of President John F. Kennedy’s address during a ceremony at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. In his speech President Kennedy explains the importance of public service from educated citizens, and describes the role of an artist in society, noting Frost’s contributions to American arts, culture, and ideology. The President discusses the nature of strength and power, famously stating, “When power leads men towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.”

Copyright Status: Public Domain

Physical Description: 1 audio tape/reel (15 minutes)

Archival Creator: Department of Defense. Defense Communications Agency. White House Communications Agency. (1962 - 06/25/1991)

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