The Americas: Man Wanted

During the campaign, Candidate John F. Kennedy left no doubt that he considered the southern half of the Western Hemisphere one of the principal and immediate concerns of his Administration.

"I attach to Latin America an importance second only to defense," he said time and again. Last week, only a few days before Inauguration, President-elect Kennedy was still without an Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs—and not for lack of trying. After two months of beating the bushes, the hunt was so badly thwarted that he was forced to ask the Eisenhower Administration incumbent, Thomas C. Mann, to stay on...

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