Events Of The Year 1968

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2151 words
2151 words

An Indignant Generation." With all its disruptions and rage, the idea of black revolution was something many white Americans could at least comprehend, if not agree with. When rebellion seized their own children, however they were almost completely at a loss. A product of the posts war "Baby Boom," nurtured in affluence and concentrated in increasing numbers on college and university campuses. It was a generation marked by an unusual degree of political awareness and cultural alienation. Some shared with the beat writers and poets of the late fifties, a deep disillusionment with this status quo, a restless yearning for something more than a "realistic" conformity. Others had been aroused by the southern sit-in movement, "The first hint," wore a contemporary, "That there was a world beyond the campus that demanded some kind of personal response. "Not so much ideological as moral, in Jessica Mitford's words, "An Indignant Generation."

Although an image of arrogance, even ruthlessness, had followed him from his early days as counsel to a Senate committee investigating labor racketeering, Robert Kennedy had shown a remarkable capacity to understand the suffering of others. More than this, he had demonstrated an untiring commitment to the welfare of those who had gotten little more than the crumbs of the Great American Banquet. In fact, Kennedy Appealed most strongly to precisely those groups most disaffected with American society in nineteen sixty-eight, they believed in him with a passion unmatched for any other national political figure, in part for what he had done, but also for the kind of man he was.

The collapse of communications made it impossible to determine the fate of the pacification program, but most assessments were pessimistic. When the communists launched their attacks, the government pulled nearly half of the five hundred and fifty revolutionary development teams out of the hamlets to help defend the cities, along with eighteen of the fifty-one army battalions assigned to protect the pacification teams. In so doing, Saigon abandoned the countryside and dealt the pacification program what many felt was a considerable setback. "There always was a semi vacuum in the countryside," said one United States pacification worker. "Now there's a complete vacuum." By the end of the February, orders have gone out for pacification teams and some troops to return to the hamlets, but progress was slow. Although ninety-five percent of the five thousand RD workers in the

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that ngo din diem was born in 1901 in annam, vietnam. he was active in vietnamese politics during 1930 and 1931, and was asked to be ho chi minh's minister of the interior.
  • Analyzes how kennedy appealed strongly to those disaffected with american society in nineteen sixty-eight.
  • Explains that hippies were set apart from the rest of society in 1968. they had their own ideas and options about life, love, war, peace, and more.
  • Explains that lyndon johnson was born on august 27, 1908 in stonewall, texas. he was elected into the united states house of representatives in 1938, served for four terms, and became senate majority leader in 1953.
  • Explains that richard nixon was born on january 9, 1913 in yurba linda, california. during world war ii, he served as a united states navy officer. nixon became the thirty-seventh president in 1968.
  • Explains that william westmoreland was born on march 26, 1914 in spartenburg county, south carolina. he commanded a field artillery battalion during world war ii and fought in the korean war.
  • Explains that ho chi minh was born in 1890 in nghe, a province in the protectorate of annam. he left vietnam in 1912 to go to france, where he chaired the eighth plenum of the indochina communist party.
  • Opines that 1968 was the most devastating year in all of american history. the civil war in 1861 untill 1865, the cold war followed immediately after world war ii through the 1980's, and the crash of the stock market.
  • Lists the top ten rock and roll albums of 1968, which featured drugs, love, and peace. the music industry has been downbeat since 1995, with shipments of album-length cd's slipping three percent last year.
  • Recounts how pham thi thuan, a 60-year-old woman, survived the 1968 massacre of vietnamese civilians in my lai. hugh thompson was ordered to provide air cover for u.s. troops engaged in firefight with vietcong guerrillas.
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