1967 had 159 race riots all at least as bad as Ferguson and many far worse.
1968 had fewer race riots but still dozens. But it was worse in every other way, MLK, and Kennedy. The Democratic convention and the anti-war movement became violent. Even as a 9-year kid living in the suburbs in Evansville Indiana, I knew it was a terrifying time.
Overshadowing it all was the war. There was no question of reading the names of those kill in combat each week like the PBS Newshour, and ABC’s This Week does. You had read them in the newspaper.
More than 16,500 died in 68, 300 a week, or more US citizens that were lost this century, in all the war, plus 9/11, and shot by cops.
Trump is the worst President ever, but I’d rather live through a year of his stupidity, than any month in 1968. Now 1942 was probably a worse year, but in talking to the Greatest Generation, I think they were generally too busy and were kept in the dark about the war loses to be terrified of the nation disintegrating.
That’s my one criticism of the series, is that didn’t have any older boomers or greatest generation folks interviewed. There was a real sense that the country was a facing a civil war.