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Bryant's account of John F. Kennedy's engagement with the race issue reveals that Kennedy's cynicism caused him to neglect crucial opportunities to ...Show synopsisBryant's account of John F. Kennedy's engagement with the race issue reveals that Kennedy's cynicism caused him to neglect crucial opportunities to defuse the most explosive domestic crisis of his era.Hide synopsis
Description:Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Like-new copy. Appears unread. NO...Fine. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Like-new copy. Appears unread. NO remainder marks or clippings. Tight spine, bright pages. 545 pages. Illustrated with photos. NO writing, marks or tears. Synopsis 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, his inertia emboldening white supremacists and forced black activists to adopt increasingly militant tactics. Biography Nick Bryant holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University. From 1998 to 2003, he was Washington correspondent for the BBC; he is currently the BBC's Australia correspondent, based in Sydney. He has written for numerous London newspapers, including The Times, The Independent, and the Daily Mail. He lives in Sydney, Australia. Table of Contents Introduction: Operation Washington 1 "Give the Kid a Break" 13 Blue Blood Against Green 33 Singing Dixie 43 Trial by Jury 61 The Victory Room 81 The Liberal Democrat 99 Johnny Come Lately 113 "Those Southern Bastards" 125 Showdown in Los Angeles 139 The Strategy of Association 159 Calling Coretta 179 Seventy-two Days 191 Black Camelot 209 Executive Inaction 225 The Sheriff of the New Frontier 243 Project Freedom Ride, 1961 261 The One-sided Bargain 283 The Presidential Literacy Test 297 Albany Revisited 313 "Go Mississippi" 329 In Lincoln's Shadow 357 "Let the Whole Fucking City Burn" 381 Repairing the Breach 397 "Fires of Frustration" 417 The "New South" 439 Conclusion 461 Acknowledgments 475 Abbreviations 477 Notes 479 Bibliography 521 Index.
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