Only the faces have changed.

Protest In 1968: The Young Rebels – Past Daily Reference Room

The faces have changed, the teargas and pepperspray have not.

Click on the link here for audio player: The Young Rebels – 1968

In case you forgot or weren’t around at the time, 1968 was a tumultuous year in our history. It was the year just about everything fell apart. From the war in Vietnam, to assassinations of much-loved leaders, to an entire country going out on strike. It was, as several called it “The Incredible year”.

Much of that year had to do with protest. The Vietnam War had taken a turn for the grossly unpopular, to the point of even the mainstream press lining up against it. And because of the strong sentiments against the war, the protests became increasingly larger and more violent. The Civil Rights movement had taken a turn from peaceful protest to physical confrontation. And in France, an entire nation went on strike and took to the streets to vent anger and frustration over a government that had lost touch with its people.

Here is one of many documentaries produced in 1968 (and later years) which sought to give some perspective as to what was going on. This one, part of the Second Sunday series from NBC Radio looks at the protest movement from the mainstream standpoint. Produced in October of 1968 the events of the Spring and Summer were still pretty fresh in peoples minds, and the wounds were far from healing. Even though it’s via the Mainstream press, it does strive to be objective. Whether it was successful or not depends on where you were when it all went down.

But still, it’s a reference point, and if you aren’t all that familiar with the period, it’s one place to start.

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