I am finally able to start my independent seminar! This first post is more of an explanation and outline of what I will be doing, rather than me beginning research. This semester I will be studying around 3-5 different events from the year 1968 and doing in depth research into them and seeing how they affect the present. I have decided to focus on events in the US rather than around the world, since it is what interests me the most.
The idea for this came this summer when I was browsing through USA Today’s website and found this page about the year. It shows the different aspects of the year grouped into categories.
Very few people my age know this, but the year 1968 was very significant in US history. There were many important events including social movements such as Civil Rights, Anti-War, and Feminism. At the same time, we were in the peak of the Vietnam War, and tensions with the Soviet Union were very high to name a couple more. This is the list I have so far, though I will most likely narrow it down more later in the semester and it is potentially subject to some change.
- Assassination of MLK & the protests following shortly after.
- The signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1968
- Anti-War protests around the country
- Assassination of Robert Kennedy
- The opening of the Democratic National Convention (DNC)
- Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting racism during the national anthem during the 1968 Olympics
Image: Zaktansky, John. 1968. CNHI.