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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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Summer ’68: The Turning Begins

Summer ’68: The Turning Begins

(p.155) Chapter 27 Summer ’68: The Turning Begins
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

The decade of the sixties was filled with violence toward civil rights protesters, Viet Cong guerrillas, and Vietnamese civilians, and with Black Panthers and ghetto riots and assassinations; yet the summer of ‘68 marked the first time violence targeted the privileged, white youth of the student movement, and the Democratic convention in Chicago proved to be the watershed. Protesters remembered changing attitudes reflected in national SDS meetings, where some advocated violence, others rebelled at the thought, and the makings of a rupture appeared. Many activists lacked clear direction, even the Beatles seemed confused, and the movement began to flounder.

Keywords:   turning point, watershed, Chicago police violence, privileged white student movement, Mark Rudd, Chicago, Democratic convention, SDS convention, Bernardine Dohrn, Mike Klonsky, Progressive Labor Party (PLP), Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM)

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