Interview with Harris Wofford
QUESTION 23
INTERVIEWER:

OK, LET'S JUST MOVE RIGHT ON. THE SUMMARIZING.

Harris Wofford:

When… when you appraise ah John Kennedy's role in civil rights, or the Kennedys' role, you've got to remember that the government of the United States is propelled by three engines, the legislative, the executive and the judicial branch. And when Kennedy came along we were flying on one engine. Only the judiciary, only the courts had taken action for civil rights. And with Kennedy for the first time, you got the whole executive branch trying its best to use its power to achieve civil rights. And before he ended, he had asked for the legislation and the Congress was moving on the legislation. It had gone through the final critical committee and with his death the legislation came. So by the end of this period, you had tbe government of the United States flying on all three engines in civil rights.

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