Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control.

Content: In the wake of Eugene McCarthy’s unexpectedly strong showing in the March 1968 New Hampshire primary, Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, former Attorney General and brother of slain President Kennedy, seeing political opportunity, entered the race for the Democratic nomination. Approaching the contest with the energy that attended nearly all the enterprises of that generation of Kennedys, after several months of nonstop campaigning, he was beginning to show his age, a characteristic optimism tempered by weariness. He was now the patriarch of the extended Kennedy clan, plus he and Ethyl had a huge family of their own. On one occasion he told reporters “If I lose, I’ll go home and raise the next generation of Kennedys”. With 11 children he was well on the way to creating that on his own.


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