Weaving Our Story


As Americans grew increasingly weary of the conflict in Vietnam amid growing unrest at home around the issue of civil rights, 1968 would prove to be a pivotal year in American history.  After surprise attacks by the VietCong in January, millions of Americans were horrified of the images they saw on TV.  American confidence after WWII began to erode as unrest began to increase and support for the war began to decline.  Lyndon Johnson's decision not to seek re-election and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  prompted civil unrest at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. However, this unrest extended to the larger world as well.  While many remember the displays of civil disobedience at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, far fewer remember growing civil unrest among students and the Tlatelolco Massacre that preceded the games.

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