Video: John F. Kennedy 1960 Acceptance Speech, Part 2

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ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, Part 2

Equal to the Challenge
by John F. Kennedy

Delivered on 15 July 1960

"We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: if we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing the future.
Today our concern must be with the future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do.

"Abroad, the balance of power is shifting. There are new and more terrible weapons – new and uncertain nations – new pressures of population and deprivation. One-third of the world, it has been said, may be free – but one-third is the victim of cruel repression – and the other one-third is rocked by the pangs of poverty, hunger and envy. More energy is released by the awakening of these new nations then by the fission of the atom itself.

"Meanwhile, Communist infl... (read more)

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