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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Turning Point in American Politics: The 1968 Election

1968 was a year that tested the wills and strengths of the American people. So much happened during the year, including the Tet Offensive, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, and of course the Presidential election. The events of 1968 shaped the campaigns and the results. Americans wanted to hear solutions for the war overseas and for the racial tensions at home. This thesis argues that the Democratic Party, which controlled the White House for 32 of the previous 40 years, crumbled from within and allowed the once feeble Republicans to became able challengers. This was the election to lose for the Democrats and one that came at a very high cost, as the Republicans were able to create a generation-long ascendancy in presidential politics.

Presenter: Ryan Maier (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 215 Hartwell
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)