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    John F. Kennedy Handwritten Notes as Senator on Foreign Policy and the Cold War. One page, 6" x 9", on United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations letterhead, [Washington, D.C.], circa 1958-1960. Handwritten (in pencil) notes in Kennedy's hand likely referring to the dangers of the Cold War policy of brinksmanship, in which both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. pushed each other to the brink of war.

    He writes: "greatest moral crisis because / we could destroy future / u generations + life itself - /u / u new test of statesmanship /u / Communication therefore / u essential. /u " These words are prophetic of the Cuban Missile Crisis which unfolded during Kennedy's presidency a few years later in October 1962. Accompanied by a typed transcription on US Senate memorandum imprinted sheet.

    Condition: Folded in quarters, now flattened. Very light age toning and creasing.

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