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JFK’s Early Support of African Nationalism

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

in Betting on the Africans

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396096
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.003.0002
JFK’s Early Support of African Nationalism

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Chapter two explains how Kennedy established a reputation as being sympathetic toward African nationalism and discusses the changes his administration made in US policy toward Africa. The framework used to execute the strategy, a four-pronged approach to oppose European colonialism, accept African nonalignment, initiate economic programs to help aid in Africa’s development, and launch personal diplomacy to build a working relationship between him and the leaders of Africa’s independence movement is discussed, as is the key administration officials tasked with its implementation.

Keywords: Kennedy; Africa; nationalism; 1960 presidential election; G. Mennen Williams; personal diplomacy

Chapter.  9951 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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