Analysis Of John F. Kennedy 's Inaugural Address Essay

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On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy gave his inaugural address in which he shared his vision for his presidency. The speech emphasized freedom and the duties freedom carried with it. Kennedy directed a special message regarding this topic toward Latin America:

To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge—to convert our good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

Within a year of this declaration, the policy formally known as the Alliance for Progress was established. It was a policy meant as Kennedy had said, to “assist free men and free governments in casting of the chains of poverty.” It was also an important aspect of the United States’ Cold War policy to prevent the spread of communism in Latin America. The Alliance for Progress was a massive undertaking. While it would claim some small victories, a number of factors would lead to the demise of the Alliance.
The United States had shown great interest in Latin America in the previous decades. In 1923, the Monroe Doctrine established policy that asserted that any attempt by a European government to colonize…

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