Author Recalls The Turbulence of 1968

Dr. Martin Luther King at a news conference in Philadelphia on Feb. 9, 1968.
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There are various descriptions to define the year 1968. It was a watershed year around the globe.

It’s considered one of the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Student protests not just here in America, but in other places like in France, and demonstrations against the war in Vietnam.

There was growing resistance to the Soviet Union, and growing support for what would be the women’s movement.

And, in 1968, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy.

Author Mark Kurlansky chronicled this landmark year in his book, “1968: The Year That Rocked the World,” which was originally published in 1998.

“The thing that sort of surprised me was … I realized going through newspapers that there was no slow day in that entire year it just never quit,” he said.