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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy: An Important 1952 Speech, with Numerous Notations and Text in His Hand, Regarding the Korean War and American Foreign Policy. This 11-page speech was an important policy speech during his campaign for Henry Cabot Lodge's Massachusetts Senate seat. He responds to Lodge's charge that he did not that the Korean War seriously, and references his own World War II service and the risks of provoking World War III and atomic warfare.

    He reminds his listeners that he saw war at close range in the waters of the South Pacific, and that he lost his brother and brother-in-law in the War. "I know as one who lived it-the lonesomeness, the heartbreak, and the bitter cost of war..."

    Regarding the prosecution of the War in Korea, Kennedy rejects the idea of driving the Chinese out of Korea because that would likely draw Russia into the conflict, and could well prevent a third World War. Equally unacceptable would be a unilateral withdrawal, as it would mean that all the efforts of the previous two years would be wasted. Instead, he advocates maintaining the present demarcation and "(working) assiduously for a truce." At the same time, he calls for efforts to strengthen South Korea "to attempt to get from countries that are allied with us in the Far East and in Europe a share of troops proportionate to their populations and comparable to our own effort." In other words, while a truce should be pursued, Kennedy supported maintaining and strengthening a strong military presence. He adds a paragraph written in pencil:

    "I think we have every right to expect that the other members of the United Nations should bear their proportionate share of the burden of the fighting. The only way that this can be done is by insisting that all of the assistance that we give them should be on a reciprocal basis-that we will help them if they will help us. This, I have long believed, should be the motivating force behind our entire foreign policy..."

    The document consists of eight 8.5" x 11" pages, some written on both sides. Of the eleven pages of the document, four are typed and include numerous annotations in Kennedy's hand, one page is entirely hand-written by Kennedy, and six pages in pencil and ink by an unidentified hand. All pages are pictured along with our description of this lot, on our website HA.com.


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    December, 2016
    3rd Saturday
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