The contentious, political, and cultural conflict of the sixties marked by the Vietnam War, the counterculture movement, and struggles for civil rights was exemplified in the events of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the civil disturbances and the subsequent Chicago 8 Trial. Even before the convention arrived in Chicago, the American people felt the turbulence of 1968.
Explore the events leading up to and including the 1968 Democratic National Convention through documents of the United States National Archives.
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March against the Vietnam War
President Johnson Will Not Seek Re-Election
President Johnson's Daily Diary Entry, April 6, 1968
President Johnson on the Telephone
Permit to Assemble
Memo Requesting Use of City Parks
Police and Protestors in the Park
Inside the Convention Hall
Protestors and Chicago Police Officers
March on Michigan Avenue
Protestors in the Street
Chicago Police Officers
Telephone Conversation Between President Johnson and Mayor Daley