Historian David McCullough On The Power Of Kennedy's Words

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"The American Spirit," by David McCullough. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
"The American Spirit," by David McCullough. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

When historian David McCullough heard John F. Kennedy's "New Frontier" speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1960, it changed his life.

"The New Frontier speech was the most uplifting political address that anybody in my generation had ever heard," he said. "It swept me off my feet."

McCullough moved to D.C. where he became an editor and writer for the now-defunct United States Information Agency. He recounts how Kennedy's presidency inspired him as a man in his late 20s, and what influence Kennedy's words still have today.

David McCullough will be kicking off the JFK Library's festivities celebrating the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth on Thursday, May 25, 2017.


David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Author of 11 books including, "The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For."

This segment aired on May 24, 2017.


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