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June 10, 1963: A profile in courage with lethal consequences

President Kennedy’s speech to the graduating class of American University in Washington DC on June 10, 1963, represented the beginning of his “strategy for peace”  to wind down the Cold War. His bold proposal for a joint U.S.-Soviet moon flight was part of this strategy.

Kennedy’s vigorous style and clear mind never had a more important goal — or more powerful enemies.

Did JFK propose a joint U.S.-Soviet flight to the moon?

JFK speaks to the UN on Sept. 20, 1963. (UN photo credit, Teddy Chen.)


Yes. It happened on September 20, 1963, according to History.com. It is one of the lesser known but more important events in the last months of President Kennedy’s life and presidency.

In the fall of 1963, JFK was on a political roll. His approval ratings had climbed. He had overcome the grumbling of the Pentagon and all but secured Senate ratification of the popular Limited Test Ban Treaty, banning nuclear explosions in space. Then he went to New York to say something daring.

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Andrew Cohen’s new book highlights two key JFK speeches

A new book, Two Days in June, calls attention to the JFK’s supremely important and still relevant speech at American University on June 10, 1963, in which he asked Americans to rethink ‘peace.’

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Was JFK going to pull out of Vietnam?

The question is still “hotly debated” says the JFK Library and Museum, not the least because the question has become part of the debate over the causes of JFK’s assassination.

What does the record show about Kennedy’s thinking and actions on Vietnam? Read more

On the Web: JFK scholars at American University

I can’t say enough about Who Killed JFK?, a Web site created by students of professor Don Fulsom at the American University in Washington, DC.

The stylishly designed site features interviews with journalists and researchers, smart summaries of the various theories, and thoughtful reflections on Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK.”

American University, of course, is where JFK gave his prophetic “strategy for peace” speech at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 10, 1963.


The events of 1963

As the 50th anniversary of November 22 draws closer, now is a good time to revisit selected moments from the last year of John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

In early 1963, when the public infatuation with JFK and First Lady Jacqueline was at a peak, a popular deck of Kennedy Kards was published.

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What would JFK say today?

As the 50th anniversary of JFK’s famous peace speech at American University in June 1963 approaches, the AU School of Communication is sponsoring an undergraduate speechwriting contest to emulate his eloquent example.

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