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Radicals in the HeartlandThe 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois$
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Michael V. Metz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001

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1968: The Wildest Year

1968: The Wildest Year

(p.136) Chapter 24 1968: The Wildest Year
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

With an escalated Vietnam war, domestic riots, assassinations, the Chicago convention, a presidential campaign, and worldwide student rebellions all contributing to a widespread sense of events having run out of all control, 1968 was a year marked for history. On the Illinois campus, where activists were hard pressed to keep up with events, much less understand or influence them, the year would be pivotal for the movement as establishment forces introduced an unprecedented level of violence directed at students for the first time in U.S. history. Activist reaction to the establishment violence would determine the future of the student movement.

Keywords:   1968, assassinations, Vietnam War escalation, Tet offensive, Chicago convention, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, Richard Nixon, worldwide student rebellion, establishment violence, Chicago police, The Walrus, Fred Halstead, Vivian Rothstein, Gail Reed

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