Program Details

The Kennedy Brothers: Part II  Edward (Ted) Kennedy - Boca Raton

Ronald Feinman
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Course Description

The two brothers of President John F. Kennedy made major contributions to American politics and history. In this lecture, the life and significance of Ted Kennedy will be analyzed in detail. Edward (Ted) Kennedy would serve in the US Senate for nearly half a century, having the fifth longest-serving tenure in American history. He would be regarded as "The Lion of the Senate," who promoted more legislation and suggested more laws than any Senator in American history. He would be able to work "across the aisle" with opposition party members, who greatly respected his commitment to public service. He would also attempt a campaign for President in 1980, which floundered, but his commitment to the institution of the Senate was profound. Questions and comments are welcome at the end of the lecture. 

About the Instructor

  • Ronald Feinman, Ph.D., has been a professor of American history, government and politics for the past five decades, and an adjunct professor of history and political science at Florida Atlantic University since 1989. He earned a doctoral degree from City University of NY (CUNY). He is the author of two books, including a recent one titled "Presidential Assassinations and Threats"; a book reviewer for scholarly journals; a regular contributor to the History News Network (HNN); a regular public affairs contributor to WWGH 107.1 FM, Marion, Ohio; and a member of the FAU Speakers Bureau; and has given lectures to many diverse groups over the past 20 years.  Feinman blogs about politics and history at