The 1968 Democratic national convention culminated one of the most tumultuous years in U.S. history. Badly divided already over the issues of civil rights and participation in the war in Vietnam, the nation was further wounded by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy. By the time the Democrats gathered in Chicago in August to select their ticket for that fall's presidential election, party regulars and activists of every stripe had come to view the convention as nothing less than a referendum on the country's future. What followed was three days of political drama, public protest, and violence, with, as the demonstrators chanted, "the whole world watching."
Dramatic and defining moments in American history — from colonial times to the present day — come vividly to life in "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series." A natural extension of the acclaimed original series, the second series returns its focus to the United States with more of what middle-grade teachers and students are looking for to support history, social studies, and geography curricula.
Authoritative and up-to-date, "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series" is an exceptional and indispensable resource for middle-grade readers.
• Expanded subject coverage • Subheadings clarify what text is about • Informative sidebars integrated with text highlight areas of interest • Glossary words now boldfaced in text • Comprehensive time lines • "To Find Out More" sections and index now in every volume