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
The Coolidge Foundation gratefully acknowledges the University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections for this generous contribution to the digital library. Massachusetts Governor Calvin Coolidge Plants Trees for Arbor Day: Coolidge, with the help of Grace, plants a tree on the Massachusetts State House grounds to celebrate Arbor Day. Filmed in April, 1920. Coolidge’s […]Read More
Date: July 29, 1930 Location: Northampton, MA (Original document available here) The European cartel for maintaining an arbitrary price for steel has been abandoned. The plan failed. Some years ago our government was trying to fix a price for silver. More recently the British were trying to control rubber. In Brazil it was coffee; in Cuba […]Read More
Purpose: To Revoke Proclamation 1693 After Conditions in Cuba Ceased to Exist Date: August 29, 1924 (Original document available here) WHEREAS, by a Proclamation of the President issued on May 2, 1924, under a Joint Resolution of Congress approved by the President on January 31, 1922, it was declared that there existed in Cuba conditions […]Read More