Perspectives in the Politics & History
between 1968 and 1996

This section of Voices of the Tribe presents a collage of writings by a a wide variety of insiders with first hand knowledge of the events and ideas that have helped to shape the United States in the past 28 years.

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Background - Understanding 1968 | Political Perspectives | Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Background - Understanding 1968

Both Chapters in this section are from Charles Kaiser's book 1968 in America

Bringing It All Back Home
The Introduction provides the reader with a sense of perspective on the key events and attitudes that set the stage for the most turbulent year of the decade.

This Wheel's On Fire
The 11th Chapter gives the reader a detailed account of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

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Political Perspectives

The Port Huron Statement
Senator Tom Hayden's agenda for a generation, writing during his days with the Students for a Democratic Society.

SEIZE THE TIME - New Introduction by the Author Bobby Seale
Bobby Seale, founding Chairman of the Black Panther Party in 1966 and one of the defendents in the infamous Chicago Eight trial, discusses his thoughts on activism in the introduction to the protest classic "SEIZE THE TIME."

Open letter to President Clinton in the wake of his proposed legislation against gang violence May 13, 1996
Luis J. Rodriguez, award-winning author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A." In this open letter, he presents his case against the current thoughts and legislation that propose to solve Gang problems.

Memories Brought with the Coming of the Democratic Convention
Producer Michael Butler shares a story of his encounter with the Yippies.

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Historical and Cultural Perspectives

Before HAIR With Rado and Ragni
Musician Corky Siegel recalls his memories of the authors of HAIR and describes the cultural scene that shaped the artististic forces of the late 1960s.

A Letter From U Thant
Michael Butler's story about how HAIR impacted the decision to hold the United Nations Youth Assembly Conference. This story shows the power of art to persuade public opinion.

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