Chapter 14 Turbulent Times (The 1960s and 1970s. #3 1968. Essential Question : Why was 1968 a year of turmoil in U.S. history? Warm-Up Question : ?. 1968: A Year of Turmoil. Civil rights violence in Birmingham (1963) & Selma (1965).
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Civil rights violence in Birmingham (1963) & Selma (1965)
Cold War crises in Berlin (1961) & Cuba (1962)
Stokely Carmichael & SNCC
The Black Panthers
MLK’s assassination marked a turning point in the civil rights movement from nonviolence to radicalism & “Black Power”
MLK’s death set off race riots in over 100 cities
In 1968, Martin Luther King was assassinated
RFK’s death divided the Democratic Party & led to a massive, violent protest at the Chicago Democratic National Convention
Republican Richard Nixon took advantage of the divided Democrats & won the 1968 election
In 1968, JFK’s brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated when he ran for president
1968 was the height of the Vietnam War & the year of the disastrous Tet Offensive
The anti-war protest convinced Lyndon Johnson not to run for a second term as president
Since 1965, Americans were sent to fight Communism in Vietnam
Students & activists across the country protested American involvement in Vietnam