By Gary A. Keith, Al Gore
Renowned for his ''brilliant legislative mind'' and political oratory—as good as for bicycling to Congress in a rumpled white linen go well with and bow tie—U.S. Congressman Bob Eckhardt used to be a strength to reckon with in Texas and nationwide politics from the Forties till 1980. A liberal Democrat who effectively championed revolutionary factors, from staff' rights to customer safeguard to environmental renovation and effort conservation, Eckhardt received the honour of competitors in addition to allies. Columnist Jack Anderson praised him as the most potent individuals of Congress, the place Eckhardt used to be a countrywide chief and mentor to more youthful congressmen comparable to Al Gore.
In this biography of Robert Christian Eckhardt (1913-2001), Gary A. Keith tells the tale of Eckhardt's colourful existence and occupation in the context of the altering political panorama of Texas and the increase of the recent correct and the two-party country. He starts with Eckhardt's German-American family members background after which lines his development from hard work legal professional, political organizer, and cofounder of the revolutionary Texas Observer journal to Texas kingdom legislator and U.S. congressman. Keith describes lots of Eckhardt's legislative battles and victories, together with the passage of the Open shores Act and the construction of the massive Thicket nationwide shield, the fight to restrict presidential war-making skill during the battle Powers Act, and the not easy struggle to form President Carter's power coverage, in addition to Eckhardt's paintings in Texas to tax the oil and fuel industry.
The simply thorough recounting of the lifetime of a memorable, vital, and flamboyant guy, Eckhardt additionally remembers the final nice period of revolutionary politics within the 20th century and the most important gamers who strove to make Texas and the U.S. a extra simply, inclusive society.
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McAfee. ” Henry was elected county attorney in 1900. When he lost his reelection bid, he became disenchanted with the establishment Democratic Party and became a Socialist, allied with Eugene V. Debs, then Norman Thomas, the Socialist Party presidential candidates. Judge Faulk ran for Texas attorney general on the Socialist ticket. In the 1920s, Judge Faulk had an office downtown, where he took on the cases of poor blacks in their battles against loan sharks, land grabbers, and funeral operators.
The original émigré Rosa lived on the ranch until her death in 1907. Caroline Kleberg Eckhardt left the ranch in 1911 to move in with Joe in Austin until her death in 1913. Robert and Rosa Kleberg and Robert and Caroline Eckhardt are all buried on the Eckhardt ranch. Granite tombstones shaped like soldiers’ tents mark the graves and are inscribed, “Remember the Alamo! indb 17 7/9/07 12:48:59 PM two Bobby Eckhardt in Austin Life was hard and lonely for Caroline after Robert Eckhardt and Robert Kleberg died.
Tommy and Lois Sutherland introduced Bob to Orissa Stevenson, who had arrived from Houston as a freshman in 1936. She was a pretty, roundfaced girl, with brown hair, sometimes kept long, sometimes cut short.
Eckhardt: There Once Was a Congressman from Texas by Gary A. Keith, Al Gore