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

by Nick Bryant

Hardcover, 2006

Status

Available

Genres

Publication

Basic Books, (2006).

Description

"In this, the first comprehensive history of Kennedy's civil rights record over the course of his entire political career, Nick Bryant shows that Kennedy's shrewd handling of the race issue in his early congressional campaigns blinded him as President to the intractability of the simmering racial crisis in America. By focusing on mainly symbolic gestures, Kennedy missed crucial opportunities to confront the obstructionist Southern bloc and to enact genuine reform. Kennedy's inertia emboldened white supremacists, and forced black activists to adopt increasingly militant tactics."

Language

Original language

English

Barcode

10413
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