University of Arizona

1968 in America

One of the most volatile years in the history of the United States was 1968. The Tet Offensive escalated the war in Vietnam, we lost two monumental leaders—Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy—to assassination, and riots broke out across the nation. As students protested the war, popular music became a powerful voice for their generation. At the same time, the civil rights and Black Power movements rose, inspiring environmentalists, women, Chicanos, Native Americans and the gay and lesbian community to add their voices to the discourse. The exhibit, 1968 in America, showcases a variety of materials from Special Collections including photographs from the University of Arizona, underground press publications, author Edward Abbey’s draft of Desert Solitaire, and other hidden treasures highlighting local and national politics, news, art, literature and culture from 50 years ago.