On February 18, 2016 it was announced that President Barack Obama will visit Cuba. This trip will make him the first sitting U.S. president to visit the island since President Calvin Coolidge went in January 1928. This lecture about Coolidge’s Cuba excursion was given by Coolidge Foundation program associate Rushad Thomas on Presidents’ Day Weekend 2015.Read More
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Earlier this week President Obama announced a shift in America’s policy toward our neighbor Cuba. This decision is the first major change in our relationship with Cuba in more than fifty years. America’s association with the island is long and fraught with controversy. In the late 1890s American foreign policy was mobilized to pressure Spain into relinquishing its control of Cuba, which eventually led to the Spanish-American War. That conflict ended with America directly influencing much of the former Spanish Empire, which included nations such as the Philippines. The Platt Amendment, which governed our policy toward Cuba for much of the first half of the 20th century, gave the United States the authority to unilaterally intervene in Cuban domestic affairs (incidentally, the Platt Amendment also forms the basis for our continued lease of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base).Read More
Date: March 29, 1927 Location: Washington, D.C. (Original document available here) Colonel Cheney has been my Military Aide for a couple of years or so and is desirous of returning to more active service, so that he will be relieved about the 1st of May and will be succeeded by Colonel Blanton Winship, who is […]Read More
Date: June 15, 1926 Location: Washington, D.C. (Original document available here) There haven’t been any developments in the Fenning case so far as my office is concerned. As I indicated the other day the Department of Justice is keeping watch of the case and I wanted to make it clear that that was not with […]Read More
Date: April 12, 1927 Location: Washington, D.C. (Original document available here) I expect to make an appointment during the recess of a judge in the Northern California District, but no one has been agreed upon out there yet, so I don’t know when the appointment can be made. As we have every expectation that the […]Read More