Make Gentle the Life of This World The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy

ISBN-10: 0767903714
ISBN-13: 9780767903714
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 5/4/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

Robert "Bobby" Kennedy was the seventh of nine children in the wealthy Kennedy family of Massachusetts. When his elder brother John F. Kennedy became President in 1961, Robert was named Attorney General. The brothers had worked together during the campaign, with Robert serving as his brother's campaign manager. Robert Kennedy had been educated at Harvard University, served in the Navy during World War II, and received his law degree from Virginia Law School in 1951. Then he worked in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in 1951 and 1952, where he helped prosecute corruption and income-tax invasion cases. In the following years he served as congressional investigator for committees on Un-American Activities and on Improper Activities in Labor and Management. In 1961 Kennedy became Attorney General under President John F. Kennedy, and stayed on under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In that position he actively promoted civil rights by prosecuting people who violated the civil rights of minorities. He continued his pursuit of civil rights when he became Senator from New York in 1964. He also worked for antipoverty programs, medicare, and other social programs, and spoke out strongly against escalating involvement in Vietnam. Kennedy set out to campaign for the Democratic nomination for President in the 1968 election. He won five of the six primaries he entered and was becoming a formidable challenger, when Sirhan Sirhan, an Arab immigrant, shot him fatally on June 5, 1968.

Maxwell Taylor Kennedy graduated from Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He taught environmental studies at Boston College, where he cofounded the Urban Ecology Institute. Mr. Kennedy served as a prosecutor for three years before he collected and edited his first book, Make Gentle the Life of This World: The Vision of Robert Kennedy. Maxwell Taylor Kennedy is an avid scuba diver and co-led an expedition that located the wrecks of a fleet of pirate ships off Venezuela. He also participated in the National Geographic Explorers search for PT 109. A devoted maritime historian, Mr. Kennedy is currently an Associate Scholar of the John Carter Brown Library, a Center for Advanced Research in History and the Humanities at Brown University. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Vicki, and their children, Maxey, Summer, and Noah.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Act of Living
An American Spirit
America
Freedom
Democracy
Debate and Dissent
Seeking a Better World
Civil Rights
Crime and Violence
Quality of Life
Employment
Poverty
Welfare
A Hope for the Future
Change and Renewal
Community
Youth
Personal Knowledge
Education
History
Toward Understanding
A Citizen in a Civil Society
Government
Law and Justice
Leadership and Public Service
The Life of the Heart
Courage
Family and Friends
Suffering and Tragedy
A Greater World
A Shared World
War and Peace
Epilogue
A Brief Chronology of RFK's Life
Notes
Credits

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