Of Kennedys and Kings: Making Sense of the Sixties

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When former public servant and college president Harris Wofford soundly defeated former governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh for the U.S. Senate in a 1991 special Pennsylvania election, it made national and international news, but few Pennsylvanians or Americans recognized his name.



Yet Wofford had been a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy and was...
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Overview

When former public servant and college president Harris Wofford soundly defeated former governor and U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh for the U.S. Senate in a 1991 special Pennsylvania election, it made national and international news, but few Pennsylvanians or Americans recognized his name.



Yet Wofford had been a special assistant to President John F. Kennedy and was one of the founders of the Peace Corps. During the decade of struggle from Montgomery to Memphis, he was and advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr. With independent views of his own, Harris Wofford was witness from within the White House to the bright and the dark side of the Kennedy administration. Focusing on how the politics and ideas came together to shape critical decisions, Wofford’s memoir captures the personal drama of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King as their characters were tested. Of Kennedys and Kings not only makes sense of the sixties, but gives us a glimpse into the issues closest to the heart of one of America’s most interesting senators.



Wofford’s vivid recollections and reflections shed light on the sixties and on the dramatic domestic and international politics of the era. Of Kennedys and Kings provides a timely reminder of what can be accomplished with leaders who are, with all their human feelings, committed to public service and responsible political action.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780374224325
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/1/1980
  • Pages: 496

Table of Contents

Foreword
Prologue. Nevertheless 3
I The Making of a President: Another View
1 Calling Mrs. Martin Luther King 11
2 On the Campaign of 1960 29
3 Search for the Brightest and the Best 67
II Popular Protest and Public Power: Civil Rights
4 Martin Luther King, the Bus Boycott, and Civil Disobedience 103
5 Kennedy Action and Inaction: "One Stroke of the Pen"? 124
6 Marching to Montgomery 178
7 MLK, RFK, LBJ, and the FBI: Matters of Life and Death 201
III The Politics of Service and Social Invention
8 The Peace Corps: "Hijos de Kennedy" 243
9 A War on Poverty and the Idea of National Service 285
10 The Great Society and Lyndon Johnson's Other War 317
IV Conflicting Legacies: An American Tragedy
11 From the Bay of Pigs to Vietnam 339
12 The Agony of Robert Kennedy 384
13 Chicago 1968 and the End of an Era 427
Epilogue. Mystic Chords of Memory 453
Appendix. Precursor and Conscience: The Commission on Civil Rights 461
Afterword 485
Index 497
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