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The most significant American political speeches of the 20th century

Published: Monday, July 1 2013 3:51 a.m. MDT

#49 - John F. Kennedy -- Cuban Missile Crisis address to the nation Next » 50 of 98 « Prev


Delivered Oct. 22, 1962, in Washington, D.C.

"Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security to constitute maximum peril. Nuclear weapons are so destructive and ballistic missiles are so swift, that any substantially increased possibility of their use or any sudden change in their deployment may well be regarded as a definite threat to peace."
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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

I heard Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech live. Its amazing how polarizing it was at the time. Today it stands up there with the Gettysburg address. It was an amazing time to live through and be a part of.

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