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Robert Kennedy’s abbreviated run for the presidency in 1968 has assumed almost mythical proportions in American memory. His campaign has been romanticized because of its tragic end, but also because of the foreign and domestic crises that surrounded it. Yet while most media coverage initially focused on Kennedy’s opposition to the Vietnam War as the catalyst of his candidacy, another issue commanded just as much of his attention. That issue was poverty. Stumping across the country, he repeated the same antipoverty themes before college students in Kansas and Indiana, loggers and women factory workers in Oregon, farmers in Nebraska, and business groups in New York. Although his calls to action sometimes met with apathy, he refused to modify his message. “If they don’t care,” he told one aide, “the hell with them.” As Edward R. Schmitt demonstrates, Kennedy’s concern with the problem of poverty was not new. Although critics at the time accused him of opportunistically veering left in order to outflank an unpopular president, a closer look at the historical record reveals a steady evolution rather than a dramatic shift in his politics.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. iii
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. From the New Deal to the New Frontier: Postwar Prosperity, Poverty, and the Kennedys
  2. pp. 9-35
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  1. 2. At the Fulcrum of the Movement: Deciding Time
  2. pp. 36-66
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  1. 3. Poverty and Justice: Defining a Federal Role
  2. pp. 67-93
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  1. 4. Troubles and Trials: From Dallas to Watts
  2. pp. 94-118
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  1. 5. The Education of a Senator: Seeking a "Greater Society"
  2. pp. 119-145
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  1. 6. “Born in a Storm”: The Bedford-Stuyvesant Experiment
  2. pp. 146-168
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  1. 7. “It Became His Issue”: Fighting for the War on Poverty
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. 8. “You Can’t Deny These People the Presidency”: The 1968 Campaign
  2. pp. 195-219
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781613760413
Related ISBN
9781558497306
MARC Record
OCLC
794700503
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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