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1968 Democratic Convention

The Chicago Tribune from October 8, 1969, with a headline about the Days of Rage. Image: From WTTW's Chicago Stories

Chicago's Forgotten 'Days of Rage'

Daniel Hautzinger

50 years ago, a radical chapter of Students for a Democratic Society tried to "bring the war home" in protest of America's continuing involvement in Vietnam by staging militant demonstrations in Chicago that they called the Days of Rage. 
An antiwar march in Chicago before the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons

The 1969 Clash Between the Counterculture and the Establishment in a Chicago Courtroom

Daniel Hautzinger

The Chicago Eight conspiracy trial pitted the counterculture of the late 1960s against the government and the establishment in an era-defining battle that featured everything from Allen Ginsberg engaging in a Hindu chant to the judge ordering a defendant to be bound and gagged.
Chicago Police outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Photo: Bea A. Carson

The Last Time the Democratic Party Was Torn Apart

Daniel Hautzinger

The Democratic National Convention of August, 1968, held in Chicago, was a defining moment of the Vietnam era and a watershed in American politics. What actually happened during that devastating event that pitted police against protesters and ripped apart the Democratic Party?
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