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The death of the 60s.

Explore the following question: One commentator has called 1968 the Summer of Hate. During this year, the Tet offensive began in January, Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis in April, Robert Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles in June, and protestors and police clashed on television at the Democratic Convention in Chicago.

Along with your text, read various sites and consider how these events are related to each other.

The Summer of Hate: http://www.pressrecord.com/politic/chicago68.html

What were the protestors in Chicago unhappy about?

How did these events affect the election of 1968?

Remember to cite all sources.

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Not much time here, but I will try to concentrate on the two questions you posted at the bottom. (Chicago/Election)

The "Hard Year" as Eugene McCarthy called it, the year of hate, and the year that ended the sixties, as some say, was completely interconnected, unified by a series of events that will forever show the inevitability of its outcome. The calendar marked death, violence, frustration and hopelessness for each glint of hope or victory that came about. Chicago was merely the "show" that had been brewing for years.


The frustrated and unrepresented were the only people with the right to vent at the Democratic Convention in Chicago. However, these included blacks, Hispanics, POWs and MIAs, Vietnam veterans, the poor, and the lost youth of America. These were NOT the people on the wrong end of the club in the televised clash between the establishment and the counter-culture. Hippies and Yippies planned, for months, a "Festival of Life" and theatrical protests to coincide with the Convention. "Hypies," my own recently-coined term, "went along for the ride" and threatened mass seduction and drugging, hoping to sensationalize their bizarre activities to the point of effectiveness. It didn't have the ...

Solution Summary

This solution discusses the calendar events of 1968, and their effect on the presidential election in November of that year. The focus is the violence of the 1968 Democratic Convention, as a culmination of the fruitless victories of the counter-culture. The Establishment is seen as victorious, restoring order by year's end with Nixon's election victory. Chaos repressed, total collapse was only one presidential term away.