American Experience - Season 1, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

Kennedy vs. Wallace: A Crisis Up Close

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Legendary documentary filmmaker Robert Drew updates his 1963 film Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment in this video. Addressing a complex moment in American history, Kennedy vs. Wallace incorporates contemporary reactions to the barring of Black students from entering the all-White University of Alabama. President John F. Kennedy faced a major crisis when, despite a federal court order, Governor George Wallace vowed never to let African-Americans into the university. This documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at White House decision-making, combined with updated responses by one of the students and Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.

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