The Sixties: The Times They Are a-Changin'

Victory for Law and Order

Convention Contentions

When the Republican Convention met in Miami in early August 1968, Richard Nixon was the clear winner. Nixon handily won the nomination on the first ballot and chose Spiro Agnew as his running mate. Robert Kennedy's assassination threw Democratics into a tailspin, and at their convention in Chicago, the Hubert Humphrey / Edwin Muskie ticket triumphed. But chaos reigned in The Windy City as 10,000 anti-war protestors faced 12,000 club-wielding Chicago police. Americans watched their TVs in horror as demonstrators were beaten bloody and unconscious by police.

Nixon Wins Presidency by Slim Margin

Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey by an uncomfortably thin margin of 800,000 votes, just 43 percent of the popular vote. The substantial impact of George Wallace' independent campaign had shifted electoral votes in the Deep South away from the Democrats. The Nixon era began with a promise of honesty. He proclaimed, "There will be no whitewash in the White House.


Photograph of The Sixties exhibit.
Tales of Camelot
The Cold War Warms Up
Racing To The Moon
Civil Rights On The March
Teen Angels
The Swinging Sixties
Sun 'n' Surf Meets London Turf
The Awakening of America
Camelot Finale
Something's Happenin' Here
Vietnam : A Young Man's Hell
Black Power
Rat Race Refugees
Talkin' 'Bout My Generation
Establishment Up Against the Ivied Wall
The Nixon Era Begins
To the Moon
The Legacy
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