Sunday, January 4, 2009


From the 1960s onward, the American Civil Rights movement gained momentum but it also gained many martyrs. Malcolm X was assassinated on the first day of National Brotherhood Week in February 1965.

1968 was a critical year. The pavement stones of Paris were used as missiles, and the French state teetered. The Russian repression in Eastern Europe intensified after the ‘Prague Spring’. Che Guevara attempted to import revolution to Bolivia. The Tet offensive in Hue led to the bloodiest battle of the Vietnam War – the Battle of Keh Sanh. Bobby Kennedy was assassinated soon after he announced the US could not possibly win the war. Martin Luther King was shot after his ‘I have been to the mountain top’ speech in Atlanta, Georgia.

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