Classic February 2005
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Titled "A Time of Decision," this 13-page address was delivered by John F. Kennedy on the Senate floor on June 14, 1960. Kennedy was then a presidential candidate, and his speech centers upon Kruschev, the U-2 incident, and a recent May summit among global powers. He blasts the policies of the Soviets and Eisenhower, while providing a new course for future diplomacy. Editorial notations and changes appear on every page in either JFK's hand or that of his close aide Dave Powers (as dictated to him by Kennedy). Kennedy's notes are in pencil (rather light) and black ink (grading "9"); Powers' are in blue ink. The thirteen 8" x 10" sheets are in Near Mint condition, with tiny staple holes in the upper left corner. Also included with the unsigned speech is a handwritten memo of explanation from Dave Powers, as well as a copy of the finished speech as printed in the Congressional Record. (Interestingly, the offered speech draft is structured into 14 different points, whereas the final version had 12 points.) A great historical memento of Kennedy's pre-presidential legacy. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
1960 John F. Kennedy Notated Senate Speech
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