04-25b Crisis - The 1968 Election

04-25b Crisis - The 1968 Election - Crisis: The 1968...

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Crisis:  The 1968 Election 25 April 2006 Readings:   “The Port Huron Statement”; “The Sharon Statement”; William H. Chafe, “‘Dump  Johnson’”; William Jefferson Clinton, “Letter to the Draftboard”; “You Don’t Need a  Weatherman” in Chafe and Sitkoff, History of Our Time It was unusual that all of the action came from the Democratic primaries.  Nothing much was  happening on the Republican side, and the general election was generally a bore.  The real  action began with  Senator Eugene McCarthy  (D from MN) announced that he would be  challenging LBJ on an anti-war platform.  Who was he?  Well respected in the Senate, quiet and  thoughtful liberate to moderate Democrat.  (Singal was involved in group that recruited McCarthy  to run.  When first starting, ambition to get one candidate to win at least one delegate so that  LBJ’s renomination wouldn’t be unanimous).  Everyone said this would not work, but 3,000  college students campusing (two people knocking on doors and engaging them in conversation  about war).  Although they felt they could not win, they found it a good opportunity to education  people.  McCarthy ended up with 42% of the Democratic vote.  If you include Republicans who 
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course HIST 320 taught by Professor Singal during the Spring '06 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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