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February, 1988, Vol. 111, No. 5
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Reflections of eight former SecretariesArthur J. Goldberg
The conventional wisdom about the Kennedy Administration is that it was high on charisma but bereft of legislative achievements.
I cannot speak of the experience of other executive departments of the Government, but the reality, rather than the myth, is that more labor and related legislation was enacted during 196162 than during the tenure of any prior Secretary of Labor, with the exception of the great legislation of the New Deal.
There follows a summary list of initiatives and accomplishments involving the Department of Labor during this period. This list is illustrative rather than all-encompassing.
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