The Democratic Convention of 1968


In 1968, after the Tet Offensive, Chicago became a city full of anti-war protests. Chicago, Illinois was chosen to host the Democratic Conventionof 1968 which was where they picked a Democratic candidate for the upcoming elections. On one side Vice President Hubert Humphrey and on the other side was Senator Eugene McCarthy, who wanted to pull out of war. All around America, people began to organize protests. Chicago’s Mayor, Richard J. Daley, was prepared for the demonstrations to come, so he issued a curfew. People continued to protest despite the mayor’s effort. The police and the people began to clash greatly and tensions were high during the convention. In order to calm down protestors, the police used excessive force and arrested many people. Mayor Daley justified these actions by saying, “The policeman isn't there to create disorder, the policeman is there to preserve disorder.” After the protests in 1968, a Democratic Convention was not held in Chicago until 1996. (Emily)

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Photo (Left) by Frank da Cruz
Photo (Right) by Jerry Tallmer
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Photo by Jo Freeman

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