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Robert F. Kennedy Oral History, Part One (11/17/04) | [Robert F. Kennedy]

Robert F. Kennedy Oral History, Part One (11/17/04)

Conducted by New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis on December 4, 1964, this never-before aired interview with Robert F. Kennedy focuses mainly on civil rights, especially some of the crises that occurred during John F.Kennedy's presidency, and RFK's tenure as Attorney General. In the last program, we'll hear RFK's thoughts not only on civil rights, but also on the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover and RFK's attempts to break up organized crime.
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Conducted by New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis on December 4, 1964, this never-before aired interview with Robert F. Kennedy focuses mainly on civil rights, especially some of the crises that occurred during John F.Kennedy's presidency, and RFK's tenure as Attorney General. In the last program, we'll hear RFK's thoughts not only on civil rights, but also on the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover and RFK's attempts to break up organized crime. Also participating in the interview was Burke Marshall, the chief of the Civil Rights Division in RFK's Department of Justice.

©2004 National Cable Satellite Corporation

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    D. Littman OH 12-01-04
    D. Littman OH 12-01-04 Member Since 2003

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    "A very interesting piece of history"

    This piece of raw oral history has alot to recommend it. Anthony Lewis asks interesting questions, mainly about race & segregation, & RFK & the chief of Justice's civil rights division, answer. This was meant to be an archived piece of history, for future historians. As such, it is often rough, alittle disorganized & with occasionally spotty sound quality. The most interesting aspect of it is to hear the role pure politics played in decisionmaking back then, rather than abstractions of justice & ethics. We like to think that our heros/leaders, whatever, are driven in their everyday decisionmaking by "what is right." But that is not the case. They may be guided by "what is right" in their longer-term strategic thinking, but political considerations play a big role in each little decision they make. That is how RFK presents himself too, unvarnished.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Caroline Charlottesville, VA, USA 06-18-05
    Caroline Charlottesville, VA, USA 06-18-05
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    "Requires a lot of context"

    Bad sound quality and obscure references made this hard to listen to in the car.

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    Tim Garber Atlanta, Georgia 06-15-12
    Tim Garber Atlanta, Georgia 06-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Only for those with a serious interest in history"

    Now I enjoyed this since I love BTS information. This is a 3-part raw recording of an interview with RFK. It gives one a very personal view into the workings of the JFK administration at critical points, specifically on civil rights.

    I don't recommend this to casual listeners because it is sloppy, at times difficult to understand, takes meaningless asides (like lunch arriving, getting a drink, and messing with the recorder.) Also there are references to less important people that might confuse listeners.

    At times we get off-the-record comments that are insightful and sometimes surprising. Like RFK pining that a dictatorship would have been more effective at changing the racial problems in America. (Some things in the Democrat party never change.) Then letting us know he sees the pitfalls in that solution.

    I was left wondering why CSPAN decided to redact somethings while leaving in long pieces of dishes clacking and RFK asking for a drink, ect.

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    Brenda United States 09-03-10
    Brenda United States 09-03-10
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    "Great!"

    Well worth your time! Has a few funny moments, what else would be expected from Bobby!

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