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Kennedy, Oil Imports, and the Fair Trade Doctrine

  • Thomas W. Zeiler (a1)

In his efforts to secure passage of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, John F. Kennedy had to placate not only oil and coal interests at home, but also traditional trade partners like Venezuela abroad, and he also had to foster the broad national security aim of retaining domestic oil reserves. This article argues that Kennedy was able to utilize a fair trade doctrine to gain enactment of legislation that would both lower trade barriers and assist domestic producers hurt by increased imports.

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Michael J. Hogan , “Corporatism: A Positive Appraisal,” Diplomatic History 10 (Fall 1986): 363–72

Thomas J. McCormick , “Drift or Mastery? A Corporatist Synthesis for American Diplomatic History,” Reviews in American History 10 (Dec. 1982): 321–28

Thomas W. Zeiler , “Free-Trade Politics and Diplomacy: John F. Kennedy and Textiles,” Diplomatic History 11 (Spring 1987): 127–42

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  • ISSN: 0007-6805
  • EISSN: 2044-768X
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