Escalation -- Life in the Second Bush Administration
In 1969 the Students for a Democratic Society, one of the largest student groups in the nation and a major player in the Anti-War and Civil Rights movements, met at their annual convention in Chicago to discuss the state of the nation and their future response to the war in Vietnam. The war had just been escalated by then President Richard Nixon, who had been elected the year before on his promises to restore "law & order" to a riot-torn nation, and end the war in Vietnam. Because Nixon reneged and then turned the FBI on the anti-war movement, because the three greatest peace leaders of that generation, Kennedy and Kennedy and King, had been assassinated, and because the whole nation was seemingly coming unglued, SDS was taken over by a militant faction called the Weathermen, who claimed the time had come for Revolution, by any means necessary.
That Revolution never came. The Weathermen and the violent wing of the anti-war movement, almost universally denounced for their tactics, never grew beyond fringe, and would very soon be forced underground. The leaders of the Black Panthers were either assassinated or discredited and imprisoned, and the Black community ....
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