Anniversaries: R.F.K. Remembered

"When Robert Francis Kennedy died on June 6, 1968, the country was only beginning to discover who he was. R.F.K. would not have been critical of that belated awakening. He had just discovered Robert F. Kennedy himself." So, on the anniversary of his death, recalls TIME Correspondent Hays Gorey, who covered him as Senator and presidential candidate.

Since his assassination, Bobby Kennedy has undergone a considerable transformation in the American memory and conscience. Few today recall Kennedy as the abrasive prosecutor, aggressive politician, and outspoken advocate. The reputation that lingers is one he went far toward creating during the last...

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