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American Experience
Chicago 1968
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Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

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In 1968, the Democratic National Convention in Chicago degenerated into such chaos many Americans believed they were witnessing the end of the political process as they had known it. While 12,000 police, 7,500 Army troops and 6,000 National Guardsmen clashed with anti-war protesters in the streets, inside the convention hall delegates fought over the direction of the Democratic party. Candidate Hubert Humphrey and his followers were pledged to support Lyndon Johnson's policies in Vietnam. Delegates for Eugene McCarthy were outspoken advocates for peace. This clash of political visions was fought in the back rooms, on the convention floor and in the streets. The provocation of demonstrators, the beatings of protesters and journalists by riot police, all were captured by network television. The effect on American voters was profound. In November, the Democrats lost control of the White House and Richard Nixon was elected president.



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Chicago: “American Experience; Chicago 1968,” 10/13/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_852A5B1562894B1AB57F7D6AFFA33720.
MLA: “American Experience; Chicago 1968.” 10/13/1995. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_852A5B1562894B1AB57F7D6AFFA33720>.
APA: American Experience; Chicago 1968. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_852A5B1562894B1AB57F7D6AFFA33720
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