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President Kennedy Speaks at University of North Carolina

Oct. 12, 1961 - President Kennedy said today it was a “dangerous illusion” to believe that “we shall soon meet total victory or total defeat” in the global struggle with communism. Instead, he told a University of North Carolina convocation, “we are destined, all of us here today, to live out most if not all of our lives in uncertainty and challenge and peril.” Nevertheless, he continued, “if we can do our duty, undeterred by fanatics or frenzy at home or abroad, then surely peace and freedom can prevail.” “We shall be neither Red nor dead, but alive and free and worthy of the traditions and responsibilities of North Carolina and the United States of America,” he declared.


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