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  • The John F. Kennedy National Security Files: When John F. Kennedy died in 1963, he left an uncertain legacy in the area of foreign policy. Kennedy had taken office committed to pursuing the cold war more vigorously than had the Eisenhower administration. During his first year he launched a major military buildup, enlarged American foreign aid programs, and undertook new foreign policy commitments in various parts of the world. This Kennedy offensive dramatically worsened relations with the Soviet Union and helped bring about the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962. In the aftermath of that frightening confrontation, Kennedy seemed to shift from the militant approach that had marked his first years in office and began taking the first steps toward what would later be called détente. It can never be known how far Kennedy might have gone in this direction had his presidency not been cut short by an assassin's bullet.

Library Resources

Candidate Kennedy on Exporting Values

JFK Inaugural Address, 1961 Part 1

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