RFK and MLK

Visions of Hope, 1963–1968

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About the Book

 Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., lived parallel lives. Their leadership helped millions of Americans recover from the assassination of John F. Kennedy and inspired hope for a more peaceful and egalitarian society (which endured well after their own tragic deaths five years later). Their rhetoric addressed the pervasive issues of the era—poverty, war and civil rights—and encouraged young people and the disadvantaged throughout the United States and the world.
This book examines the vision they shared through their speeches, writings and public appearances in the years of the cultural groundshift of 1963 through 1968.

About the Author(s)

Philip A. Goduti, Jr., is an adjunct assistant professor of history at Quinnipiac University and teaches U.S. history at Somers High School in Connecticut where he is the 2017 Somers Public Schools Teacher of the Year. He has also worked as a freelance reporter for the Hamden Chronicle and the Providence Journal Bulletin. He lives in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Philip A. Goduti, Jr.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 316
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7672-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2872-1
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 4

Prologue—“Jack’s Been Shot” 11

Part I. America in the Wake of Tragedy, 1963

1: November 22, 1963 23

2: “Let Us Continue” 38

Part II. Forging a New American Identity, 1964

3: Finding a Voice 49

4: “The Hearts and Minds of Youth” 65

5: “The Clock of Destiny Is Ticking Out” 78

6: Freedom and the World 100

7: New Awakenings 122

Part III. Marching On and Hitting Full Stride, 1965–1966

8: Selma 135

9: Bloody Sunday and the Aftermath 146

10: “The Crises of the Moment” 167

11: Urban Crisis, Voting Rights and Watts 183

12: “Ripples of Hope” 200

Part IV. Visions of America, 1967–1968

13: “A Coalition of Conscience” 221

14: “Beyond Vietnam” 239

15: “A Newer World” 255

16: 1968 269

Epilogue—Selma, 2015 281

Chapter Notes 285

Bibliography 299

Index 301

Book Reviews & Awards

“This volume examines the writings, speeches, and actions of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. to consider how their words impacted American society and change the US after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, up to 1968”—ProtoView.