Previously thought to be lost, this film shows President John Kennedy giving a speech to labor leaders at a ballroom in the Americana Hotel in New York City, on November 15, 1963, just 7 days before his assassination. Kennedy addresses the fifth constitutional convention of the AFL-CIO, in what were to be his last words to labor.
In his speech the President discusses the importance of economic growth, and in particular the importance of jobs. Job growth he says, can be accomplished through a combination of tax cuts and expanded social programs. He comments on rising healthcare costs, advocating for a bill to provide health insurance for senior citizens, and speaks for expanding economic assistance to Latin America, saying ‘the United States is the keystone in the arch of freedom.’
To see all the clips of President Kennedy’s speech, click here.