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The Great Society: Speech By President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society speech was delivered exactly six months after he assumed the office, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Johnson gave the Commencement Address at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kennedy had originally been invited to speak.

The speech came to be seen as a major statement of Johnson’s domestic policy ambitions. [Read more…]


The Speech President Kennedy Never Made

This is the text of the speech President Kennedy was due to deliver on the afternoon of November 22, 1963.

The Detroit Free Press reports the assassination of President Kennedy

Detroit Free Press reports the assassination

Prepared speech for delivery by President John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963.

I am honored to have this invitation to address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by the members of the Dallas Assembly–and pleased to have this opportunity to salute the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest. [Read more…]


Lyndon Johnson Takes The Oath Of Office As US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th President of the United States on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Johnson automatically succeeded to the presidency on Kennedy’s death.

He took the oath of office on the presidential plane Air Force One. The oath was administered by Sarah Hughes (1896-1985), a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. [Read more…]


JFK Promises To Land A Man On The Moon

President John F. Kennedy’s speech in which he promised to land a man on the moon was delivered before a joint session of the United States Congress on May 25, 1961.

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Special Message to the Congress on Urgent National Needs

President John F. Kennedy

Delivered in person before a joint session of Congress

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, my copartners in Government, gentlemen-and ladies:

The Constitution imposes upon me the obligation to “from time to time give to the Congress information of the State of the Union.” While this has traditionally been interpreted as an annual affair, this tradition has been broken in extraordinary times.

These are extraordinary times. And we face an extraordinary challenge. Our strength as well as our convictions have imposed upon this nation the role of leader in freedom’s cause. [Read more…]


The First Kennedy-Nixon Debate 1960

This is the first presidential debate between Senator John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Richard Nixon.

Kennedy was the Democratic Party candidate who went to be elected President in November 1960.

Nixon had been Vice-President under President Harry Truman since January 1953.

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Transcript of the first debate between presidential candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Mr. Smith: Good evening.

The television and radio stations of the United States and their affiliated stations are proud to provide facilities for a discussion of issues in the current political campaign by the two major candidates for the presidency.

The candidates need no introduction. The Republican candidate, Vice President Richard M. Nixon, and the Democratic candidate, Senator John F. Kennedy. [Read more…]


Senator John F. Kennedy’s Speech Accepting The Democratic Party Nomination For President

This is the Address of Senator John F. Kennedy Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States.

The speech was given to the Democratic Party’s National Convention at the Memorial Coliseum, in Los Angeles, California.

Senator John F. Kennedy’s Acceptance Speech at the Democratic Party’s National Convention at Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California.

JFKGovernor Stevenson, Senator Johnson, Mr. Butler, Senator Symington, Senator Humphrey, Speaker Rayburn, Fellow Democrats, I want to express my thanks to Governor Stevenson for his generous and heartwarming introduction.

It was my great honor to place his name in nomination at the 1956 Democratic Convention, and I am delighted to have his support and his counsel and his advice in the coming months ahead.

With a deep sense of duty and high resolve, I accept your nomination. [Read more…]


President Dwight D. Eisenhower Outlines The Domino Theory

The Domino Theory of international relations was first outlined by United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower at a press conference on April 7, 1954.

Eisenhower

The theory held that if one country or state in a particular region of the world came under the influence of communism, then surrounding and nearby countries would fall in a domino effect. The theory was often held up as justification for United States intervention in Vietnam. [Read more…]


The Four Freedoms: FDR

The ‘Four Freedoms’ were outlined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the end of his State of the Union Address to the US Congress on January 6, 1941.

The US was not yet involved in World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbour came 11 months later.

The ‘Four Freedoms’ were read during the memorial services on September 11, 2002, for the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. [Read more…]