1968

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1968, THE YEAR AMERICA GREW UP

From racial and gender equality fights to the struggle against the draft and the Vietnam war, in 1968 Americans asked questions and fought for their rights. Now, 30 years later, we look back on that seminal year—from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assasination to the Columbia University riots to our changing role among other nations—in this gripping introduction to the events home and abroad. The year we first took steps in space, the year we shaped...

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Overview

1968, THE YEAR AMERICA GREW UP

From racial and gender equality fights to the struggle against the draft and the Vietnam war, in 1968 Americans asked questions and fought for their rights. Now, 30 years later, we look back on that seminal year—from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assasination to the Columbia University riots to our changing role among other nations—in this gripping introduction to the events home and abroad. The year we first took steps in space, the year we shaped the present, 1968 presented by a former New York Times writer who lived through it all, shares the story with detail and passion.

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“In his succinctly titled 1968, Michael T. Kaufman draws on New York Times archives, his personal experience as a young Times staffer, a wealth of historic news photographs and other sources to replay these often bloody highlights from that pivotal year. Older readers who lived through 1968 will profit from Kaufman’s account, as will younger ones who can’t remember who came first.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Introduces readers to the people and events that defined one important year in history.” —Library Media Connection

VOYA - Joyce Doyle
It was a year of change for America. It was the year of Vietnam's Tet Offensive; the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy; protests at Columbia University, the Chicago Democratic Convention, in Paris and Mexico City; and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. As a reporter in 1968 for the New York Times, Kaufman had the opportunity to witness these events, often firsthand, and compiles his writings with those of his fellow journalists to build this book. Using Apollo 8's photos of Earth from its journey around the moon, Kaufman reflects on the year as one in which "so many trends and events that came later-both good and bad-were set in motion or accelerated by what occurred in that twelve-month period.o Kaufman breaks the information into easy-to-ingest segments by introducing photos and headlines from the Times, short biographies of the major players in each chapter, and a time line at the beginning that reflects not only events in 1968 United States but also throughout the world. The last portion of the book is dedicated to complete reprints of Times news articles. The format combined with the authority of the newspaper makes this resource useful for students trying to get a grasp on events they have heard about without going too in-depth or for those who lived through it to recall the events that changed many lives. Reviewer: Joyce Doyle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596434288
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publication date: 1/6/2009
  • Series: New York Times Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 791,086
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: NC1310L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL T. KAUFMAN spent more than 40 years at The New York Times, from copyboy to foreign correspondent and deputy foreign editor. He is the author of nine books including ROOFTOPS AND ALLEYS, a children's book about a ten-year-old New Yorker. He lives in Manhattan.

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