The Election of 1968


US History (11th) Early Cold War Through Vietnam The Election of 1968
Students view primary source video of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Then, they study the convention and its political context in more detail. Next, they learn about Richard Nixon’s election as president in 1968. Finally, they use the candidacy of George Wallace as an entry point for learning about and evaluating the role of third-party political candidates in the United States.

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In this experience, students view primary source video of the protests at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Then, they study the convention and its political context in more detail. Next, they learn about Richard Nixon’s election as president in 1968. Finally, they use the candidacy of George Wallace as an entry point for learning about and evaluating the role of third-party political candidates in the United States.

Objectives

  • Describe the major issues of the presidential election of 1968.
  •  Explain the impact of the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations on the election.


The year 1968 was one of political turmoil in the United States and throughout the world. Often, conflicts occurred between college students and the police or armed forces. In the United States, protests mounted largely by students even affected the outcome of the presidential election. You’ll learn about that memorable year in this experience.

Objectives

  • Describe the major issues of the presidential election of 1968.
  •  Explain the impact of the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy assassinations on the election.




Protesters in Lincoln Park, Chicago, during 1968 Democratic National Convention


In August, 1968, the Democratic Party held its national convention in Chicago to choose a presidential candidate. Watch Protests Turn Violent at the 1968 Democratic National Convention for eyewitness views of what happened.


Based on the video, what can you infer about the United States in 1968?

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Recommend this Time magazine photo gallery from the Student Pack as an additional visual primary source from the 1968 Chicago protests: See Unpublished Protest Photos from the 1968 Democratic Convention.


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