John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Algeria Speech: The Politics of Anticolonialism in the Cold War Era,Gregory D. Cleva


In stock

Categories: ,

-About this book

John F. Kennedy remains a compelling figure almost sixty years after his tragic assassination. Kennedy’s voice—with all of its characteristic eloquence—as well as the engaging complexity of the man himself, are brought to life in John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Algeria Speech. This book deals with one of Kennedy’s most important as a U.S. Senator—but least recognized—foreign policy speeches calling for Algerian independence after more than a century of French colonial rule.

The reader will experience the debate surrounding Kennedy’s speech of July 2, 1957, particularly the resistance it encountered from the Eisenhower administration, French officials, and French citizens, senior members of America’s foreign policy community such as Dean Acheson and Adlai Stevenson, and editorial criticism in some of the most distinguished journals in the United States and France. The author offers new insights into Kennedy’s reasons for giving this speech, as well as his extensive preparation spanning fifteen months. Cleva uses in depth scholarship to analyze several years of classified U.S. Government documents dealing with the Algerian crisis in order to provide this comprehensive study of Kennedy’s Senate speech, how it shaped Kennedy’s own administration, as well its significance to American foreign policy.


Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Speech: Background and Preparation 19

Chapter 2: The Politics and Ideals of Kennedy’s Algeria Speech 65

Chapter 3: What Kennedy Said 89

Chapter 4: Aftermath: The Controversy in Washington and Paris 137

Chapter 5: Nationalism and French Colonialism in North Africa 173

Chapter 6: The Need to Change American Foreign Policy toward

North Africa 213

Chapter 7: Kennedy’s Algeria Speech: An Assessment 233

Appendix 247

Bibliography 249

Index 263

About the Author 273


Date de parution:15 avril 2022

Éditeur ‏ : ‎ Lexington Books/Fortress Academic

Langue ‏ : ‎ Anglais

N.B de pages ‏ : ‎ 284 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 166690130X

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1666901306

Poids de l’article ‏ : ‎ 594 g

Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.1 x 2.77 x 22.71 cm

Be the first to review “John F. Kennedy’s 1957 Algeria Speech: The Politics of Anticolonialism in the Cold War Era,Gregory D. Cleva”

Votre adresse e-mail ne sera pas publiée.


There are no reviews yet.

See It Styled On Instagram

    No access token

Main Menu