Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana primary

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 173 pages
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On April 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., arrived in Indiana to campaign for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary. As Kennedy prepared to fly from an appearance in Muncie to Indianapolis, he learned that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been shot outside his hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. Before his plane landed in Indianapolis, Kennedy heard the news that King had died. Despite warnings from Indianapolis police that they could not guarantee his safety, and brushing off concerns from his own staff, Kennedy decided to proceed with plans to address an outdoor rally to be held in the heart of the city's African American community. On that cold and windy evening, Kennedy broke the news of King's death in an impassioned, extemporaneous speech on the need for compassion in the face of violence. It has proven to be one of the great speeches in American political history.

Marking the 40th anniversary of Kennedy's Indianapolis speech, this book explains what brought the politician to Indiana that day, and explores the characters and events of the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidential primary in which Kennedy, who was an underdog, had a decisive victory.

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User Review  - Heath - Goodreads

A missed opportunity - Boomhower is messy with repetitive details (do we really need to be told that Ethel Kennedy is Bobby's wife every time she's mentioned?) and parts of the campaign told un ... Read full review

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Contents

The Decision
12
The Governor
30
The Speech
53
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society's journal Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History and author of Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut, Jacob Piatt Dunn Jr.: A Life in History and Politics, 1855--1924 and The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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