::1968 Democratic National Convention


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The 1968 Democratic National Convention of the U.S. Democratic Party was held at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, Illinois, from August 26 to August 29, 1968. As President Lyndon B. Johnson had announced he would not seek re-election, the purpose of the convention was to select a new presidential nominee to run as the Democratic Party's candidate for the office.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> The keynote speaker was Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).<ref name=AP19680827>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine were nominated for President and Vice President, respectively.

The convention was held during a year of violence, political turbulence, and civil unrest, particularly riots in more than 100 cities<ref name=BBC>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4.<ref name=Bailey>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> The convention also followed the assassination of Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Robert F. Kennedy of New York, on June 5.<ref name="Schlesinger, JR. 1968">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> Both Kennedy and Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota had been running against the eventual Democratic presidential nominee, Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

1968 Democratic National Convention sections
Intro  Nomination  Richard J. Daley and the Convention  Dan Rather incident  Protests and police response  The Chicago Eight  See also  References  Further reading  External links  

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