Brokered Conventions do not happen too often these days. This is partly because everyone remembers 1968 as a nightmare. But we also have to remember 1968 as a key moment in a kind of revolution that happened.
A very large number of voters today do not necessarily know what this is about. I’ve pulled together a selection of old videos (from YouTube, of course) that show some of the key events and give a feel for the day, mainly related to that fateful year and some of its consequences. These are not flashy or slick and for the young modern mind this will take some work to watch and relate to. This is not MTV. This is not Obama Girl. A lot of Americans lived through this. Except, of course, the ones that did not live.
Sorry if this is a little painful. But that is sort of the point.
April 4th, 1968. MLK is dead.
RFK campaing ad 1968
RFK on the campaign trail. Raw footage. Don’t press play unless you have ten minutes worth of patience and are prepared to watch the world change.
Buckley vs. Vidal
Violence at the Democratic Convention
What we got
The War (and a song from Woodstock)
Good Bye Tricky Dick