The Gospel According to RFK: Why It Matters Now

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This collection of RFK's 1968 presidential campaign speeches demonstrates his eloquence, passion, and humanity, and resonates today in the ongoing battle for the White House.

As he campaigned for the presidency in 1968, Robert Kennedy outlined what is today a redemptive vision for America. Tirelessly, before the kinds of vast crowds reserved for rock stars, RFK articulated with passionate eloquence the disasters of a misguided war, the pain of the dispossessed, and the way out ...

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This collection of RFK's 1968 presidential campaign speeches demonstrates his eloquence, passion, and humanity, and resonates today in the ongoing battle for the White House.

As he campaigned for the presidency in 1968, Robert Kennedy outlined what is today a redemptive vision for America. Tirelessly, before the kinds of vast crowds reserved for rock stars, RFK articulated with passionate eloquence the disasters of a misguided war, the pain of the dispossessed, and the way out of war and poverty. And then, 81 days into the campaign, he was assassinated. Now, in The Gospel According to RFK, writer Norman MacAfee has brought together for the first time the best of Kennedy's presidential campaign speeches to which he adds lively and engaging commentary that makes them fresh and relevant.

Issues of peace, justice, equality, and responsibility, which were at the center of RFK's campaign, have as much meaning today as they did in 1968. The Gospel According to RFK is a book for combative Democrats, liberals, independents, progressives, and even moderate Republicans to carry around, read for inspiration, and quote. It is a book for people who believe they can change the government, the society, even the world.

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What People Are Saying

Vine Deloria Jr.
A badly needed corrective offering compassion, understanding, and optimism.
— (Vine Deloria, Jr., author of Custer Died for Your Sins)
Robert F. Drinan
Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Those who read this inspiring volume will acquire a deeper admiration and gratitude for Kennedy than they ever had before.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641625480
  • Publisher: Perseus Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/31/2004
  • Pages: 167
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Norman MacAfee's other books include the poetry books, One Class; The Coming of Fascism to America; and A New Requiem; and The Death of the Forest, opera to music of Charles Ives. MacAfee co-translated a volume of the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini; two volumes of the letters of Jean-Paul Sartre to Simone de Beauvoir, Witness to My Life and Quiet Moments in a War; and Victor Hugo's Les Misérables. He lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

1 "These are not ordinary times and this is not an ordinary election" 11
2 Ending the war 19
3 The other America 37
4 The destiny of dissent 43
5 National reconciliation 49
6 California rallies 55
7 The grand alliance 59
8 "... through the eyes of the poor" 63
9 The spirit of the young 67
10 Johnson withdraws 73
11 Community development 77
12 On the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. 83
13 In black America 87
14 The art of peace 97
15 Celebration in Brooklyn 105
16 Ending hunger and malnutrition 109
17 No more Vietnams 113
18 Health care 119
19 The American farmland 125
20 The question of welfare 129
21 The new politics 133
22 Cleaning our air and our waters 139
23 Victory 143
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