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The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality

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In the summer of 1963, in the wake of the Birmingham riots and hundreds of other protests across the country, John F. Kennedy advanced the most far-reaching civil rights bill ever put before Congress. Why had he waited so long? Kennedy had been acutely aware of the issue of race--both its political perils and opportunities--since his first Congressional campaign in Boston ...more
Hardcover, 576 pages
Published May 29th 2006 by Basic Books
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John
Jun 10, 2014 John rated it it was amazing
A much needed correction of that nonsense we call "Camelot." This book reveals the vacuity of JFK and RFK, mere non-entites whose primary concern was self-glorification and anti-communism, mere puppets of that tyrannt of a father of theirs, who viewed them merely as instruments of his own rapacity. Presumption and vanity without substance or commitment, like rich folks generally, who have only the vaguest sense that people other than their kind have even a finger-tip grasp on a claim for existen ...more
muraguri
Apr 25, 2007 muraguri rated it it was amazing
Interesting insight into Kennedy's relations with Congress as well as his motives behind his civil rights strategy...or lack thereof. Shatters myths about him being another great emancipator. Stay black.
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