JFK

JFK

Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  SBS  |  November 19, 2013

In part three, on the domestic front, civil rights are proving tricky for the administration, as they rely heavily on the support of Southern Democrats. Forced to intervene when Freedom Riders take direct action in Southern states, the administration sends in federal marshals to ensure their safety. But it is only later, when the Governor of Alabama refuses to allow African-American students in the state university, that John F. Kennedy calls for the passage of a civil rights act.

In part three, on the domestic front, civil rights are proving tricky for the administration, as they rely heavily on the support of Southern Democrats. Forced to intervene when Freedom Riders take direct action in Southern states, the administration sends in federal marshals to ensure their safety. But it is only later, when the Governor of Alabama refuses to allow African-American students in the state university, that John F. Kennedy calls for the passage of a civil rights act.

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