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Description - Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary by John D. Graham

On April 4, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., arrived in Indiana to campaign for the Indiana Democratic presidential primary. As Kennedy boarded his flight 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. While on the plane, Kennedy heard the news that King had died. Despite warnings from Indianapolis police that they could not guarantee Kennedy's 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. This compelling book reveals what brought the politician to Indiana that day and explores the characters and events of the 1968 Indiana Democratic presidential primary in which the underdog Kennedy had a decisive victory.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253350893
ISBN-10: 0253350891
Format: Hardback
(5969mm x 3963mm x 22mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 11-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - John D. Graham

Ray E. Boomhower is the author of John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog (IUP, 2015) and The People's Choice: Congressman Jim Jontz of Indiana. He is Senior Director of the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he edits Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History

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