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The 1968 Project


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  • By: The Minnesota Historical Society Staff With Introduction by Brian Horrigan, Epilogue by Brad Zellar, and Compiled by Elizabeth Ault
  • Format: Paper, 240 pp., 8 X 9, 100 b&w photos and illustrations
  • Publisher: MHS Press (October 2011)
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  • Product ##: 978-0-87351-842-0
A Nation Coming of Age

Illuminates the extraordinary events of a pivotal year in America, with photography, eyewitness accounts, and iconic art and artifacts of the times.

The social and political forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. That year saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention, assertions of Black Power at the Olympic Games, and feminist demonstrations at the Miss America Pageant. Hair opened on Broadway, Laugh-In debuted on TV, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey polarized critics. President Lyndon Johnson was voted out of office, and his successor, Richard Nixon, promised in his nomination acceptance speech that “the long, dark night for America is about to end.” In the closing days of the year, we saw earth in its entirety for the first time from the window of the Apollo 8 space capsule.

The 1968 Project is the accompanying book to the 1968 exhibit, a major traveling exhibition developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum, and the Oakland Museum of California. This companion book integrates personal experiences within the national context of the year, organized month by month, through photography, eyewitness accounts, artifacts, and illuminating commentary.

Brian Horrigan is an award-winning author and an exhibit curator at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Brad Zellar is an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor and author of Suburban World: The Norling Photographs.

Elizabeth Ault is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota.

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The 1968 Project