The Year Nineteen-Hundred and Sixty-Eight
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The Significance of 1968
You might wonder to yourself, so what is the significance of the year 1968?
First of all, it was the year of my birth.
Congratulations! You know my age.
Secondly, and most important, it was a year of great turbulence, involving an unpopular war, and a movement of civil, feminist, and racial unrest.
Americans, nor could the rest of the world immediately recognize that their old ways of life were slowly coming to an end. Even so, the era did usher in a more modern and sometimes downright shocking existence, marking the beginings of a radical cultural evolution, which ultimately shaped the way the world lives today.
Although I wasn't alive during part of this exceptional year of upheaval; I'll let you know I took my first breath a few weeks after Robert Kennedy was assinated and 10 days before the maiden flight of the Lockheed C5 Galaxy. If you managed to narrow that down, then either you're old enough to remember the events of the day or you actually took the time to research the exact date of my birth, which might worry me.
I will leave you now with words of wisdom from a timeless poet:
A caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
~ Maya Angelou
HUBS by fellow writers on the 1960s Era
- We the People - What Has Happened To Our Voice? ~ Brave Warrior
Ee Americans no longer speak out loud. We revert to the internet. Can we not speak up again with our voices? What happened to the music that spoke for us?
The Tet Offensive reaches a crucial and shocking apex with the American public. Citizens are outraged as footage is broadcast over their televisions, showing the atrocities of war.
Richard Nixon declares his candidacy for the Republican Presidential Nomination
Students protest against Dow Chemical Recruiters, a manufacturer of the toxic chemical napalm
Martin Luther King Jr. is assasinated in Memphis, Tennessee
US and North Vietnam peace talks in France
Robert Kennedy is assasinated after winning the California Democratic Primary
Adoption of Gay is Good by the North American Council of Homophile Organizations
Anti-war protestors and police combat each other during Democratic National Convention
Women's liberation groups protest and riot at the Miss America Beauty Pageant
Anti-war protest held by Vietnam Veterans organized in San Francisco
Richard Nixon wins the nomination for President by 500,000 votes
More than 16,000 American soldiers in Vietnam killed in action in the year 1968
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