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Betting on the AfricansJohn F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders$
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Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.001.0001

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JFK’s Early Support of African Nationalism

JFK’s Early Support of African Nationalism

(p.34) 2 JFK’s Early Support of African Nationalism
Betting on the Africans

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Oxford University Press

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

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