All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia

All This Marvelous Potential: Robert Kennedy's 1968 Tour of Appalachia

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In the winter of 1967-68, Robert F. Kennedy, then a US Senator from New York, ventured deep into the heart of Appalachia. As acting chairman of a Senate subcommittee on poverty, RFK went to eastern Kentucky to gauge the progress of the War on Poverty. He was deeply disillusioned by what he found. Kennedy learned that job training programs were useless, welfare programs proved insufficient, and jobs were scarce and getting scarcer. Before he'd even left the state, Kennedy had determined the War on Poverty was a failure-and he blamed Lyndon Johnson.

Robert Kennedy wasn't merely on a fact-finding mission, however; he was considering challenging Johnson for the Democratic presidential nomination, but he needed support from white voters to win it. His trip to eastern Kentucky was an opportunity to test his antiwar and antipoverty message with hardscrabble whites. Kennedy encountered deep resentment in the mountains, and a special disdain for establishment politicians. A month after his visit, RFK officially announced he was challenging Johnson for the Democratic nomination. Four months after his visit, he was murdered. He was forty-two.

All This Marvelous Potential retraces RFK's tour of eastern Kentucky and provides a new portrait of the politician-a politician of uncommon courage who was unafraid to shine a light on our shortcomings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684577750
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Matthew Algeo is the author of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, The President Is a Sick Man, and Pedestrianism. An award-winning journalist, Algeo has reported from four continents for public radio's All Things Considered, Marketplace, and Morning Edition.

David Colacci has been an actor and a director for over thirty years, and has worked as a narrator for over fifteen years. He has won AudioFile Earphones Awards, earned Audie nominations, and been included in Best of the Year lists by such publications as Publishers Weekly, AudioFile magazine, and Library Journal.

Table of Contents

Itinerary Robert F. Kennedy's xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Before the Trip

1 Night 3

2 Dysgenics 9

3 Replace Their Despair 12

4 Tom Fletcher 17

5 An Article in Life 20

6 Poverty Obsessed 26

7 A Pioneer in Opposition Research 30

Part II Tuesday, February 13, 1968

8 1:00 PM-Vortex 37

9 Swango Fugate 41

10 Black and Proud 49

11 Reverend Connie 53

12 Just Pee in This Jug 60

13 Sedition 69

14 2:30 PM-Barwick 77

15 Three Licks and a Smile 80

16 3:30 PM-Hazard 87

17 5:00 PM-Yellow Creek, a Guy Who Wore Horns 91

18 Hell, I'll Handle This 94

19 A Prairie in the Mountains 101

20 The Globe Woman 107

21 7:00 PM-Pippa Passes, Reverend Baldridge 112

22 The Deepening Swamp 120

23 "Ulysses" 125

24 Campaign '68 129

25 Lurleen 132

Part III Wednesday, February 14, 1968

26 8:00 AM-Whitesburg 143

27 A Winter Tan 147

28 To Cure Poverty 151

29 10:00 AM-Neon, Waiting for Kennedy 161

30 Nell 164

31 Make Yourselves Comfortable 167

32 A Worm in a Miniskirt 169

33 The AVs 175

34 The Cloverfork Newsletter 181

35 The Average Homosexual 188

36 Paper Bags 191

37 The War on Welfare Queens 197

38 Dave Zegeer 200

39 The Zegeer Files 204

40 All the Girls 209

41 4:00 PM-Prestonsburg 212

42 From the Kentucky Coal Mines 215

43 … to the California Sun 220

Part IV After the Trip

44 Another Thing I Wish to Comment on Is Your Long Hair 229

45 I Knew Something Was Wrong 234

46 Cote's Cemetery 238

Acknowledgments 241

Sources 243

Index 253

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