"Bringing the Foundation of Freedom:" Political Culture and U.S. Foreign Policy during the Cold War, 1945 - 1963
Date: Monday April 30, 2012, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes travel time from Reading)
Location: Reading Memorial High School, Distance Learning Lab Room 413 and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Boston

This session will consider how the United States military and other state programs worked to project an image of the United States to a global audience and will explore the sense of a U.S. responsibility to bring American ideals, products, culture, and democracy to the world. While at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum we will work in the museum galleries and with primary source documents to explore the main developments in American politics and society during the years of the Kennedy administration, with emphasis on foreign policy and international connections including confrontations between the USA and the USSR over Berlin, the Peace Corps, the space race, and the civil rights movement. President Kennedy’s Inaugural Address will be our guiding focus as we consider how the administration’s domestic and foreign policies relate to that seminal document.