The Mindless Menace of Violence: Robert F. Kennedy's Vision and the Fierce Urgency of Now

The Mindless Menace of Violence: Robert F. Kennedy's Vision and the Fierce Urgency of Now

by Zachary J. Martin


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On April 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy stepped to the podium at the City Club of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio and gave an address titled the "Mindless Menace of Violence." It had been one day since an assassin's bullet killed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. For a country seeking to understand the senseless bloodshed and the future of the United States in peril from acts of indifference, Kennedy attempted to paint a picture of society in which citizens had become out of touch with one another. This book is an examination of Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 speech. Using a line-by-line breakdown, the author analyzes the history behind Kennedy's words and discerns a warning for the future of American society. In history as in society, words can change the course of human events. As American society has become increasingly violent, Kennedy's words are just as important today.

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ISBN-13: 9780761844495
Publisher: Hamilton Books
Publication date: 05/16/2009
Pages: 150
Sales rank: 868,927
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Zachary J. Martin is Adjunct Professor of American History at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island and Adjunct Professor of American History and American Government at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Stain of Bloodshed has Spread Chapter 2 The Victims of Violence Chapter 3 Sickness of Our Soul Chapter 4 A Man Among Men Chapter 5 The Same Short Moment of Life Chapter 6 We Know What We Must Do

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