Revisiting the year that gave rise to modern America
One of the most momentous years in U.S. history began a half-century ago today. Join us in exploring it for the next 12 months, starting with these newspaper clippings to whet your appetite.
In the months before he was assassinated, the Democratic presidential candidate insisted that Americans confront their country’s shortcomings—and live up to its potential.
Enoch Powell gave his xenophobic “Rivers of Blood” speech 50 years ago—but the lessons of its reception still apply today.
The album was conceived in the milieu of Timothy Leary, recorded with session musicians fresh off commercial-jingle gigs, and only gradually recognized as something like magic.
A half-century after a brutal massacre in Vietnam, the United States still struggles to hold itself accountable for atrocities.
Revisiting a film embraced by the 1968 generation
Fifty years ago, panicked parents helped spread sex-ed programs to schools across the country, even as panicked critics mobilized to stop them.
Fifty years ago in Grenoble, France, American figure skating’s modern era was born.
What one Vietnam War battle, celebrated by the press and the military as a turning point towards an inevitable American victory, says about certainty and authoritativeness.
In 1968, one retired colonel warned that urban insurrections could produce “scenes of destruction approaching those of Stalingrad.”
A retired Presbyterian pastor looks back on 1968, when he participated in the civil-rights struggle but hadn’t yet embraced the principles of nonviolence.
A half-century ago, much of the world appeared to be in a state of crisis, with protests around the world, the Vietnam War, and the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy. But there was some progress to be found as well.
Riots on the Sunset Strip, firefighters in asbestos suits, economic change in apartheid South Africa, a standoff with a territorial woodchopper, and more
For a young black woman trying to raise three children amid a personal tragedy, the politics of that year were intensely personal.