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John F. Kennedy Recording For Public Spe…aking class at harvard 1937

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John F. Kennedy recording for public speaking class at Harvard, 1937. Courtesy of the Harvard University Archives.

John F. Kennedy’s short speech was recorded on an aluminum phonograph disc during the 1937-38 fall term session of English F, a course on public speaking taught by Frederick Clifton Packard, Jr. Kennedy, then a sophomore at Harvard College, briefly discusses the appointment to the Supreme Court of Hugo Black and the subsequent scandal after it was revealed that Black had been—and possibly still was—a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Courtesy of the Harvard University Archives (HUM 258, Box 1).

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