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Chicago, 1968

Policy and Protest at the Democratic National Convention

Nicolas W. Proctor

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 07/2022
Pages: 180
Subject: History
Print ISBN: 9781469670706
eBook ISBN: 9781469672373


In August 1968, Democrats gather at their National Convention in Chicago to debate a platform for a deeply divided party. Factions are split over issues such as civil rights, infrastructure, and the war on poverty—not to mention the war in Vietnam. Meanwhile, crowds of protesters descend upon the city. Impassioned antiwar demonstrators plan sit-ins and marches, while the absurdist Yippies, determined to make a mockery of the convention, intend to nominate a pig for president. Journalists flood the area to cover the stories of the delegates and protesters. Over the course of this game, players will develop a better understanding of the complexities of the social and cultural tumult that has come to be known as "the Sixties."