robert f. kennedy

A Symbol of Idealism

Robert Kennedy was a key figure in both foreign and domestic policy decisions. Along with being a supporter of Civil Rights, he proposed solutions in Vietnam and Cuba.
RFK considered Civil Rights his biggest issue during this tenure. He helped to organize the Freedom Rides, advocated for more minorities in government, and worked to created the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
During the Cuban Missile Crisis, RFK was an important mediator, both between the U.S. and Russia, and within the administration itself.
He also opposed the apartheid in South Africa, and vehemently condemned President Johnson’s actions in Vietnam, indicating that his support for Civil Rights extended beyond U.S. borders.
During his eighty five days of campaigning for president, RFK proposed a draft lottery, corporate development of the ghettos, and peaceful negotiations with Vietnam.
In 1968, after beating out Senator Eugene McCarthy in the California democratic primary, he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
RFK represented the idealistic hope of stability many Americans had in this time of domestic and international turmoil.
He was one of the only leaders who could have united minorities, antiwar students, poor whites, and politicians for the betterment of the nation.
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