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Apr 23, 2017

It was highlighted by divisions and clashes over certain issues in US society.


Central to this was the war in Vietnam. The Tet offensive in January February 68 appeared to undermine the views espoused by the US government that they were winning the war.

There were violent clashes as opposition to the war escalated. In particular in Chicago at the Democratic Convention the police of Mayor Daley, the last of the bosses, reacted brutally to anti-war demonstrations.

Civil rights was also an important issue. The assassination of Martin Luther King in Memphis that year greatly heightened racial tensions.

The coming to power of Nixon as President in a very closely contested election was also deeply divisive.