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The Presidency: President Kennedy’s 1963 Speeches at American University & Berlin

President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin (June 26, 1963)

President John F. Kennedy in West Berlin (June 26, 1963)

Boston, Massachusetts
Monday, July 1, 2013

This June marks the 50th Anniversary of two of President John F. Kennedy’s most memorable speeches. On June 10th 1963, JFK delivered the commencement address at American University known as his “Peace Speech.” He called for high-level negotiations with the Soviet Union, a nuclear test ban treaty and an end to the Cold War.  On June 26th 1963, President Kennedy took a harder line in West Berlin, famously stating that as a free man he took pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.” This is a discussion from the Kennedy Presidential Library about the significance and lasting influence of these two addresses.

Updated: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 4:30pm (ET)

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