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by President John F. Kennedy

1962

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This week in class, we’re reading "JFK's 'Race to Space' Speech" by President John F. Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy delivered this speech about space at Rice University in Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962. A year earlier, a Russian astronaut had become the first human to orbit the Earth, and Americans were eager about the possibilities of space exploration (as well as beating the Russians). By 1969, Americans succeeded in being the first to walk on the moon.

As we read, we will be discussing the theme of America as it relates to the text. We are trying to answer this big question :

"What makes America unique?"

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