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Tet Offensive

Tet Offensive was a series of massive coordinated attacks throughout south Vietnam. Tet Offensive caused 1968 to become critical year in the Vietnam War. North Vietnamese leaders hoped the Tet Offensive would inspire South Vietnamese civilians to rise up against their government. Tet Offensive showed that no part of South Vietnam was safe from attack. This shattered many people's belief that communist forces were weakening and that the U.S. would soon win the war.

Democratic Convention

In August, candidates fought for the nomination at the Democratic National Convention. inside the convention hall, delegates debated between McCarthy and Humphrey. Some thought McCarthy position on the war showed person weakness. Others disliked Humphrey because he almost failed at war policies with Johnson. About 10,000 protesters have gathered around to demand an immediate end to the war. The situation soon exploded into violence. Some protesters threw rocks and bottles at police offers.

Assasination of Martin Luther King Jr.

King's disappointing Chicago campaign increased his awareness that economic issues must be part of the civil rights movement. African American sanitation workers were on strike against discrimination in the city's work and pay policies. James Earl Ray, a white sniper shot and killed King as he stood on the balcony of this motel. Within three weeks, 46 people were dead, some 2,600 were arrested. One civil rights leader noted that King would have been outraged by the violent reaction to his death.

Assasination of Robert Kennedy

Kennedy was a democratic front runner, who celebrated his victory in the California primary with a speech at an hotel. Kennedy gained ground in the race by winning primaries in Indiana and Nebraska. In June he won the crucial California primary. As Robert finished his victory speech, Kennedy flashed a victory sign to the audience and declared to win in Chicago. After Senator Robert Kennedy walked off the stage, and a gunman shot him three times.

Election of 1968

After Johnson withdrew from the 1968 presidential campaign. His vice president Hubert Humphrey entered the race. Vietnam war was a key issue among voters. Humphrey soon defended the administrations war policies. When Kennedy had announced his candidacy, he explained the position on Vietnam.