The Bystander: John F. Kennedy and the Struggle for Black Equality
New York: Basic Books, 2006. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. 8vo; 9.5 inches tall; 545 pages with Chapter Notes, Bibliography and Index. Illustrated with b/w photos. First Edition, First Printing.
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By focusing on purely symbolic gestures, Kennedy missed crucial opportunities to confront the obstructionist Southern bloc and to enact genuine reform. Kennedy's inertia emboldened white supremacists, and forced discouraged black activists to adopt increasingly militant tactics.
At the outset of his presidency, Kennedy squandered the chance to forge a national consensus on race. For many of his thousand days in office, he remained a bystander as the civil rights battle flared in the streets of America. In the final months of his life, Kennedy could no longer control the rage he had fueled with his erratic handling of this explosive issue.