History

Title

The United States and South Africa during the Kennedy Administration 1961-1963: John F. Kennedy, the United States, and South Africa

Date of Award

2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in History

Department

History

First Advisor

Douglas J. Little

Second Advisor

Ousmane Power-Greene

Abstract

The object of this thesis is to show how historians of the Cold War, particularly those who cover diplomatic and race relations have overlooked certain themes with regards to President John F. Kennedy's policy toward the Republic of South Africa. This thesis shows that the ongoing debate of whether or not Kennedy was a pragmatic or an idealist world leader seems to overlook individual cases, in this thesis the case is South Africa. This thesis shows that Kennedy was against racism and white supremacy. These views were shaped during his upbringing, solidified during his time as a pre-presidential politician, and were enacted while he was President of the United States.

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