Robert F. Kennedy And The 1968 Indiana Primary by Ray E. BoomhowerRobert F. Kennedy And The 1968 Indiana Primary by Ray E. Boomhower

Robert F. Kennedy And The 1968 Indiana Primary

byRay E. Boomhower

Paperback | February 6, 2017

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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 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.

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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Title:Robert F. Kennedy And The 1968 Indiana PrimaryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 6, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253023785

ISBN - 13:9780253023780

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments

1. A Landmark for Peace
2. The Decision
3. The Governor
4. The Speech
5. The Campaign
6. The Voters Speak
7. The Train

Appendix: Robert F. Kennedy's Speech in Indianapolis, April 4, 1968
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

Boomhower's account of the 1968 Indiana primary is a highly readable monograph that contextualizes the campaign quite well. . . . The book is a valuable contribution to RFK scholarship and sheds new light on the inner workings of one of Kennedy's most important political endeavors.