Chicago 68 - America Against Itself
1968 was the year of political upheaval. Behind the Iron Curtain, there was the Prague Spring, in Paris, there was le joli mai. In the United States, Martin Luther King was murdered, followed by Robert Kennedy. The Youth International Party the Yippies under Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin flexed their muscles in campuses and on the streets - and then in August there came the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
What remained of an American Left united with an amorphous disaffected youth to protest a Democratic Party that seemed loath to address the real malaises of America, racism, poverty, and the unending war in Vietnam. In Chicago, it began with marching and chanting, and ended with blood on the grass and gas in the streets.