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Aquarius Rising

A protester at a demonstration against the Vietnam War during the Democratic National Convention, Chicago, 1968 “Certain years acquire an almost numinous quality in collective memory—1789, 1861, 1914. One of the more recent additions to the list is 1968. Its … Continue reading

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Blood in Chicago: Covering the Convention that Changed History

“Lyndon Baines Johnson became president when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. Early on, LBJ told his aides that he wanted to expand on his predecessor’s policies for alleviating systemic poverty in the richest nation the world had ever … Continue reading

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The Siege of Chicago at 50: Todd Gitlin Remembers

Demonstrators greet military police with jeers outside the Democratic National Convention headquarters, August 29, 1968. “A key figure in and historian of the New Left, Todd Gitlin was president of Students for a Democratic Society in 1964–65 and helped organize … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Hubert Humphrey

President Lyndon B. Johnson, left, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1968. Humphrey’s advice that the United States should pull back on the Vietnam War nettled Johnson. “On Feb. 17, 1965, Vice President Hubert Humphrey sent President Lyndon B. Johnson … Continue reading

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1968: The season of planting is not the season of harvest

“French intellectuals of a certain age tend to divide their lives into two parts – ‘before May’ and ‘after May’. Philosopher Jacques Rancière defined May 1968 as a political moment which ‘signals the very essence of politics.’ Twenty years later, … Continue reading

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Silent Majority

Pat Buchanan – Richard Nixon “The silent majority is an unspecified large group of people in a country or group who do not express their opinions publicly. The term was popularized by U.S. President Richard Nixon in a November 3, … Continue reading

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50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

An American lieutenant carried a wounded South Vietnamese Ranger to an ambulance in February 1968, during the Tet offensive. “It was freezing on New Year’s Eve in Manhattan. A fresh layer of snow blanketed the ground on the night of … Continue reading

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