A Novel Idea: 1968 - America's Year of Crisis
Americans in 1968 endured one of the most tumultuous years in American history.
1968 is remembered as the year that the United States nearly had a collective nervous breakdown. The year began with the Tet Offensive, during which North Vietnamese troops invaded the heavily guarded US Embassy in Saigon and ended with the election of Richard Nixon in November. Americans were exhausted. Dr. William Rorabaugh from the University of Washington unpacks one of the most contentious years in American history.
Professor William Rorabaugh teaches American History at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the author of seven books, including "The Alcoholic Republic (Oxford, 1979)," "Berkeley at War: The 1960s (Oxford, 1989)," "American Hippies
(Cambridge, 2015)," and "Prohibition: A Concise
History (Oxford, 2018)."
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