How did Bobby Kennedy change from the Red Scare helper of Joe McCarthy to the liberal icon? According to a new book,it was visiting desperately poor families in the Mississippi Delta in April of 1967. In her Delta Epiphany: Robert Kennedy in Mississippi author Ellen B Meacham says that the New York senator was shocked that educating children was not a priority and that a great many citizens were shut out of democracy. She also corrects the image that liberalism means one-size-fits-all, top-down solutions. It is a far more complex and nuanced picture than today’s right wing paints. And it works.

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