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DescriptionJohn F. Kennedy Handwritten Manuscript Possibly Relating to 1951 Speech. Seven pages, 8" x 10.5", no place; circa 1947-1951. A manuscript, featuring a small drawing, written in ink and pencil on lined paper, dating from JFK's time in the House of Representatives. It may be related to a speech he gave April 21, 1951 at the Massachusetts Federation of Taxpayers Association's annual meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. In it he discusses the complicated international power struggle that was taking place in Iran in the 1940s and 1950s leading up to the 1953 CIA-assisted coup that overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh. It reads in part:
"All of these different conflicts are concentrated in ancient Persia now Iran, located in the center of the Muslin world – bordering Russia on its north – Turkey on its West – flanking Afghanistan, Pakistan and northern India on its east...And most recently Russia has been anxious to protect the source of its large oil supplies...only 125 miles form the Iranian border...Thus the dispute between the Anglo-Iranian Company & the government of Iran took place in an area which the Soviet Union had conditionally sought to control and involved not only Western Europe & Great Britain's major source of oil – but...also had the entire security of the Middle East... The fact is that the Mossadegh will never offer the British a deal good enough so that they feel they can accept. The British, I think, have always organized this so their efforts have been directed towards trying to replace M. which has convinced M. that the British will continue to meddle in the internal affairs..."
Kennedy was correct and, two years after he delivered this speech, Mosaddegh and his democratically elected government was overthrown in a joint effort by British and American intelligence agencies, altering forever the relationship between Iran and the United States. From the Estate of Robert Luddington.
Condition: Minor edgewear on some pages with the occasional small closed tear and chipping. Page three has two closed tears measuring .5" and .75" respectively on the upper left margin. Small rust stain from paper clips on verso of page one and recto of page two. Smoothed creases from wrinkling throughout.
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