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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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Chapter 14 turbulent times the 1960s and 1970s
Chapter 14 Turbulent Times (The 1960s and 1970s

  • #3 1968


Chapter 14 turbulent times the 1960s and 1970s


1968 a year of turmoil
1968: A Year of Turmoil

Civil rights violence in Birmingham (1963) & Selma (1965)

  • Americans experienced great change in the 1960s:

    • The decade began with hope & optimism under Kennedy

    • But, events in the mid-1960s increased tensions & anxieties

    • The decade closed in 1968 with one of the most tumultuous years in U.S. history

Cold War crises in Berlin (1961) & Cuba (1962)


1968 the assassination of mlk
1968: The Assassination of MLK

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


1968 the assassination of robert kennedy
1968: The Assassination of Robert Kennedy

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 student protest vietnam
1968: Student Protest & Vietnam

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


Timeline civil rights the 1960s
Timeline: Civil Rights & the 1960s

  • Examine the timeline on your notes

    • For each event, indentify whether the event was an accomplishment or failure of the era from 1954 to 1968

    • Use the “scales” on the side of the timeline to show the degrees of significance for each event

    • When finished, answer the discussion questions & be prepared to discuss


Timeline discussion questions
Timeline Discussion Questions

  • What words would you use to describe the era from 1954-1968?

  • What patterns do you notice in terms of the amount of violence in this era?

  • What role did TV play in the era?

  • Is there a “turning point” in the era?

  • Looking at the timeline, what predictions can you make about the 1970s?