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Robert and Thomas Moakley discuss the life and career of their late brother, Congressman John Joseph Moakley. This interview covers growing up in South Boston in the thirties and forties; how military service helped shape their perspectives on life; their parents; what political campaigning was like in the fifties; how Joe Moakley enjoyed public service; their brother’s work in El Salvador; their thoughts regarding Boston school desegregation in the 1970s; what it was like to be related to a respected member of Congress; how politics has changed since their brother began his career. They end by expressing their hope that others can learn from the example their brother demonstrated through his entire career.