This book is the first biography ever written of Arthur J. Goldberg, the former labor lawyer, Secretary of Labor under Kennedy, and Supreme Court justice (which post he resigned at the request of Lyndon Johnson to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations), who played a leading role in American political life from World War II until the end of ...
This book is the first biography ever written of Arthur J. Goldberg, the former labor lawyer, Secretary of Labor under Kennedy, and Supreme Court justice (which post he resigned at the request of Lyndon Johnson to become U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations), who played a leading role in American political life from World War II until the end of the 1960s. Goldberg, who never wrote memoirs himself, shared his thoughts about his life and work with Stebenne in a series of conversations, which took place occasionally from the fall of 1981 through to Goldberg's death in 1990. He also allowed Stebenne access to his papers, including those held under seal in presidential libraries and at the Library of Congress. Based upon these unique sources and written to be accessible to a wide audience, Arthur J. Goldberg is both the story of a leading American liberal and a history of modern American liberalism.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-02-05 Embattled liberal Arthur Goldberg (1908-1990) left a mixed historical legacy, in the judgment of this detailed political biography. As Kennedy's secretary of labor, he fought to preserve the postwar New Deal consensual contract between management and labor that he had helped forge as general counsel for the CIO and the United Steelworkers of America. But his progressive package calling for a minimum-wage increase and public works programs was much more ambitious than the modest antirecession package JFK adopted, and Goldwater's plan to alleviate poverty and unemployment through greater government expenditures was rejected when JFK refused to increase taxes on the rich. As Supreme Court justice (1962-1965), Goldberg strengthened organized labor's bargaining power and extended protection of citizens' civil rights. As U.S. ambassador to the UN, a post from which he resigned in 1968, Goldberg achieved notable successes as global peacemaker, yet his primary objectiveŠnegotiating a Vietnam peace accordŠeluded him as LBJ escalated the war. Stebenne, who teaches history at Ohio State Univ., interviewed Goldberg between 1981 and 1990 and had access to his papers, making this dense study, based on a dissertation, a valuable source for students of labor history. Photos. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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