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Adlai Stevenson. Photo by Benjamin E. Forte, News Associates, Inc. National Press Club Archives

Adlai E. Stevenson, June 26, 1961

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) returned to Washington on June 22, 1961, after touring 10 South American capitals in 18 days. Viewed by many Latin Americans as, next to the president, the most prestigious member of John F. Kennedy’s administration, Stevenson—formerly the Governor of Illinois, Democratic Party presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956, and party leader until Kennedy’s victory in November 1960—consulted with government leaders to learn firsthand their views on Kennedy’s recent proposal for an Alliance for Progress, or Alianza para el Progresso, a ten-year cooperative undertaking for the economic, political, and social modernization of the region, likened by many to both the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe following World War II and the U.S.’s own Depression-era New Deal.... More [PDF; 195 KB]

Timings (hh:mm:ss)

Introductions: 00:00-08:40
Speech: 08:41-44:09
Q & A: 44:11-01:00:34

Topics of the Talk

  • Political Status of South American Countries: 15:50-24:40
  • Communist Penetration in South American Countries: 24:40-26:10; 28:12-29:38
  • U.S. and Communist Writings Available in South America: 29:39-30:50
  • Alliance for Progress Program and U.S. Aid to South American Countries: 31:42-36:56
  • Bay of Pigs Invasion and Relationship of U.S. and Cuba: 36:57-38:55
  • Appeal of Communism in South American Countries: 44:29-45:10
  • Influence of Chinese Communist Party in South American Countries: 45:13-46:33
  • U.S. Promoting Social Change in South American Countries: 49:12-51:12
  • The Challenge of Facing Communism: 57:39-59:32
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