The United States and South Africa during the Kennedy Administration 1961-1963: John F. Kennedy, the United States, and South Africa
Date of Award
Master of Arts in History
Douglas J. Little
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.
Davis, Benjamin, "The United States and South Africa during the Kennedy Administration 1961-1963: John F. Kennedy, the United States, and South Africa" (2017). History. 2.