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January 20, 1961: Inaugural Address

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John F. Kennedy

January 20, 1961

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In his Inaugural Address, Kennedy pledges to support liberty, commit to allies, avoid tyranny, aid the underprivileged throughout the world, and strengthen the Americas. Kennedy challenges Communist nations to engage in a dialogue with the United States to ensure world peace and stability. The speech is best known for the words: "Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

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