Tet Offensive

On January 31, 1968, some 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces launched the Tet Offensive (named for the lunar new year holiday called Tet), a coordinated series of fierce attacks on more than 100 cities and towns in South Vietnam. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the Communist attacks, news coverage of the offensive shocked the American public and support for the war effort went down even more. North Vietnam got a strategic victory with the Tet Offensive, and marked a turning point in the Vietnam War.

Impact: With the news coverage and the fact that the US and South Vietnamise couldnt win the battle, the US citezens were supporting the war less and less.

Democratic Convention 1968

In 1968, at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, tens of thousands of Vietnam War protesters battled the police in the streets, while the Democratic Party fell apart over an disagreement concerning its stance on Vietnam. Over the course of the next 24 hours, the main American line of thought on the Cold War with the Soviet Union, was shattered.

Impact: American people were upset and fed up with the goverment making dumb decisions and not agreeing with themselves.

Robert Kennedy Assassination

Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. Immediately after he told his supporters that the country was ready to end its divisions, Kennedy was shot several times by a 22 year-old, Palestinian Sirhan. He then died a day later.

Impact:People saw Robert Kennedy as the person who would get them out of Vietnam and get everything back in order for the US, but all that hope was ripped away when he was killed.

Assassination Of MLK Jr.

In early April 1968, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. A Baptist minister and founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), King had led the civil rights movement since the mid-1950s, using a combination of words and non-violent tactics such as sit-ins, boycotts and protest marches to fight segregation and get civil and voting rights advances for African Americans.

Imapct: His assassination led to an outpouring of anger among black Americans, because many peoplebelieved that he would win the civil rights battle for them.

Election of 1968

Two years after losing to Kennedy, Nixon ran for governor of California and lost in a bitter campaign against Edmund G. Brown. Most political observers believed that Nixon’s political career was over, but by February 1968, he had sufficiently recovered his political standing in the Republican Party to announce his candidacy for president. For his running mate, he chose governor of Maryland Spiro T. Agnew. His Democratic opponent, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, was weakened by internal divisions within his own party, stemming in part from the growing dissatisfaction with the Johnson administration’s handling of the Vietnam War. Alabama governor George C. Wallace—running on a third party ticket—further complicated the election. Although Nixon and Humphrey each gained about 43 percent of the popular vote, the distribution of Nixon’s nearly 32 million votes gave him a clear majority in the electoral college.

Imapct: This solitified Nixon in the goverment after he continually lost in all his campagnes he ran in.