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1968, Riots, and the American Intellectual

Soixante-huitard violence in retrospect

Streets ablaze from rioting following assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (Lee Balterman/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty)

The riots throughout the country in response to the death of George Floyd have prompted a national reckoning. Commentators have used the events to make larger points about police brutality and the effects of systemic racism on American society. In addition to analyzing the reasons for the protests and riots that have rocked…




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Eric Medlin

Eric Medlin

I’m a writer interested in the intersections of history, ideas, and politics. I publish every week.

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