Sunday, September 16, 2012

1968 Democratic National Convention

Chicago Police charged demonstrators during the 1968 DNC. The officer in the photo actually sued The Times and Life magazine, and Barton Silverman, the photographer.  

With the Democratic and Republican National Conventions of 2012 just passing, I want to take a look back at what was happening in our nation over four decades ago during one of the most famous national conventions in history. The 1968 Democratic National Convention was held at the International Amphitheater in Chicago. President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that we would not be seeking reelection again, so the convention was held to select new presidential nominees for the Democratic Party's candidate. Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Senator Edmund Muskie were the nominees for President and Vice President. This period in our nation was a time of great violence, political turbulence, and civil unrest. Over 100 riots occurred in different cities throughout the nation. The 1968 DNC followed the assassinations of both Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy earlier that year. The convention that year in Chicago was notorious for many large demonstrations and riots by "Yippies" protesting for free speech and anti-war, and famous for the use of force by the Chicago Police Department. Barton Silverman, a staff photographer for The Times, captured the violence in Chicago, and he was actually arrested by the police for doing his job. This wasn't the first time he captured the violence in the American streets during the 1960's, covering many other riots that took place during those years.      

Read more and see more photographs at the New York Times: Lens

Protestors forming a human pyramid in Grant Park
Barton Silverman, center, in police wagon, after being arrested

1 comment:

  1. Nicely done. I think his photos are amazing. He works like Weegee but within an entirely different context. Powerful stuff.