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July 25, 2004
Babbling and Conventioneering

As I've said before, I've been doing research on UsofA history, especially the early years. I think I need one of these shirts.

Very interesting Slate article on the real Bill Cosby. I was referred to this article by someone who also reminded me of something I hadn't thought of, or remembered, for 30 years. Bill Cosby was an Angry Young Man in the 60s. He has some right to be bitter about the way this generation of youngsters are treating the opportunities Cosby and others like him won for them.

I'd like to use RSS feeds so my links would stay live longer, but I've read and I've read and I still don't understand.

Cool website: Left/Right Perspectives For those of you in need of more bookmarks, it's a nice little reference page offering both "Left" and "Right" political and analysis sites on-line.

You know what makes me mad? What makes me mad is that I can see that the Library of Congress has stuff relevant to some stuff I'm researching, but I have to go to a "reading room" in DC to see it. On-line text is only available to members of Congress and their staffs. The thing I miss most about the university is free access to the university library stacks.

If you were too young to see the last nominating convention of any excitement in the last fifty years and if you're curious about the anti-war movement (since Vietnam is so much a part of the news again these days), and if you don't have many illusions about Daley's Chicago left to lose, NPR talked to Walter Cronkite about the infamous 1968 Democratic Convention.

The main flashpoint of the convention was the war in Vietnam. Thousands of anti-war protesters had gathered six miles away on Michigan Street. Fences, barbed wire and a strong police force kept them back from the delegate gathering at Chicago's International Ampitheater. And a telephone and taxi strike kept delegates and reporters inside in the dark for hours about what was going on outside.

Chicago police broke up a protest outside the Hilton hotel with tear gas and clubs. When footage eventually arrived at the convention, delegates reacted first with disbelief, then anger. Commentator and former CBS-TV anchorman Walter Cronkite replays what happened next.

Go to All Things Considered audio" to hear Walter Cronkite's memories of the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. (In case they move the link, it's from the Friday, July 23 show.)

There's audio tape from a journalist watching when the police started in clubbing protestors (well, not all of them. I understand that those marching under the "Christian leadership" banner escaped unbeaten) with Cronkite providing context, as well as a very limited photo gallery.

Having become aware that that last paragraph doesn't read the way I intended it to read, I'm re-writing it.

There's audio from a sound engineer who was on-site and testing some new equipment and thus watching when the police started in clubbing protesters (although he makes it clear that one group, identified as a "Christian leadership" group*, escaped unscathed) with Cronkite providing context. The site also offers a very limited photo gallery.

* Researching this, I find that it was most likely the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as suggested by Ralph Luker. Information here.

Later note:

You can read a chronology of the events that week, or other stories on-line, some with pictures. The press trying to cover the protests had its own problems.

Posted by AnneZook at 12:19 PM


It may not make any difference to you, but "those marching under the 'Christian leadership' banner" were probably marching as a contingent of the "Southern Christian Leadership Conference". Dr. King has been assassinated only 3 months earlier. This is not an instance of privileging some right-wing Christian identity movement.

Posted by: rluker at July 25, 2004 07:17 PM

It does not, in fact, make a difference.

It does, however, draw my attention to the fact that my use of quotation marks, which was intended to express uncertainty about the exact identity of the group, instead conveys an air of scorn.

That was not what I intended. Mea culpa.

Posted by: Anne at July 26, 2004 08:34 AM