Analysis of John F Kennedy's 1961 Inaugural Speech

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I am particularly interested in the period in human history wherein modernism was challenged by socialism, manifested in history through the spread of Communism/Socialism in Eastern Europe, Asia, and South America. It was also during this period in the 1960s that the United States became actively engaged in a campaign against Communism. It is in this context that I found great relevance and interest then-President John F Kennedy's speech about the US government's containment policy on Communist countries and its anti-Communism stance in international politics.
Listening and reading to JFK's Inaugural Address in 1961, and with the Cold War context in mind while listening to his speech, it is apparent that during this time, JFK, as the leader of the state and campaign for containment of Communist countries, was gradually building the momentum towards advocating for an anti-Communism stance in his speech. As the beacon of liberty and freedom, as well as capitalism, the United States as a country emulated the principles of modernism, an ideology which Communism stood against for and had criticized. As the leader…
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