CHICAGO — On Aug. 27, 1968, WGN-TV gave viewers a look inside the Democratic National Convention taking place in Chicago. This recently digitized WGN-TV footage reveals what a 1960’s-era primary looked like. Footage below will give a look at the riots that would soon ensue in Chicago. Cities across the U.S. that year had witnessed outbursts of demonstrations and riots after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April and anti-Vietnam War sentiment continued to grow. Inside the convention, Vice President Hubert Humphrey was campaigning for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. While the whole nation would soon be transfixed on the chaos outside of the International Amphitheater, the DNC continued on.
In the video below, Humphrey, who would go on to win the nomination of his party but lose in the general election against Richard Nixon, talks to WGN Reporter Jack Brickhouse.
WGN Washington Bureau Chief Bob Foster asks Humphrey about the divide in the Democratic Party.
Below is footage of the clash between protesters and police taking place near Chicago’s International Amphitheater during the DNC on Aug. 28, 1968.
Protesters chant, “Peace, Now!”
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