By Nicholas deBelleville Katzenbach
A full of life, intimate memoir that vividly recollects the idealism of the Kennedy administration.
As deputy lawyer basic less than Bobby Kennedy after which legal professional common and less than secretary of nation for Lyndon Johnson, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach bargains a different point of view at the civil rights move, Vietnam, and different problems with the day. during this enticing memoir, by means of turns intensely dramatic and charmingly matter-of-fact, we're taken care of to a ringside seat for Katzenbach's war of words with segregationist governor George C. Wallace over the combination of the college of Alabama, his efforts to guide the Civil Rights Act of 1964 via Congress, after which his transition to the kingdom division, the place he served on the middle of the hurricane over Vietnam. within the political weather of this election season, a few of It was once enjoyable offers a clean reminder of the hopes and struggles of an prior period, conversing either to readers who got here of age within the Nineteen Sixties and to a new release of children seeking to that interval for political concept. sixteen pages of images
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With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell. On February 18, Jefferson Davis took his oath of office on the steps of the state capitol at Montgomery, then addressed the big, festive crowd. Our present political position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations.
Persuaded that the Constitution forbade presidential action against slavery where it already existed, Lincoln was nonetheless pledged to halt its further spread. “On that point,” he told his supporters, “hold firm, as with a chain of steel. ” South Carolina warned that she would secede from the Union if a President so pledged were elected. Douglas conducted a strenuous stump campaign—the first in presidential history—while his rivals remained discreetly silent, but his party was hopelessly divided.
But the Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. And it is very necessary, if you’re going to understand the American character in the twentieth century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe of the nineteenth century. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing. Like so many others, we were drawn to that crossroads: brought back to the words and images those who lived through it left behind, to the mire of questions and myths, to the brutality and heroism of the four-year struggle that defines us as a people.
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