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#3 1968 DNC - Chicago Riots
08.25.08, 07:37 AM CDT
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‹‹ #4 1948 DNC - Hubert Humphrey#2 1964 RNC - Barry Goldwater ››
Riots broke outside the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago, primarily caused by outrage with the Vietnam War policies of the sitting Pres. Lyndon Johnson. The assassinations of both Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy also preceded the event. Johnson announced at the end of March that he would not run for re-election, leaving the door open for his vice president, Hubert H. Humphrey, to enter the race. Humphrey, who had led the push for a human rights plank to the Democratic platform 20 years earlier, was now tied to the unpopular administration and war.

"The 1968 Chicago convention became a lacerating event, a distillation of a year of heartbreak, assassinations, riots and a breakdown in law and order that made it seem as if the country were coming apart. In its psychic impact, and its long-term political consequences, it eclipsed any other such convention in American history, destroying faith in politicians, in the political system, in the country and in its institutions," Haynes Johnson wrote in a recent issue of Smithsonian magazine.

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‹‹ #4 1948 DNC - Hubert Humphrey#2 1964 RNC - Barry Goldwater ››