Lesson Plan: Politics in 1968

1968 Election: Year in Context for Democratic Presidential Candidates

A timeline of facts surrounding the events leading up to the 1968 election is presented to provide historical context.


1968 looms large in our national memory. The Vietnam War. Political assassinations. The space race. Women's rights. The Cold War. Race relations. Student street protests. A fractious presidential election. In this lesson, students will hear from authors, professors and journalists as well as view archived video of elected officials to learn about the rise of the political left and right in 1968 and its impact on the presidential election of that year.


Additional Resource


  • Barry Goldwater
  • Berkeley Protests
  • Constituency
  • Delegate
  • George Romney
  • Grassroots
  • Ideologically
  • Incumbent
  • Lyndon Johnson
  • Nelson Rockefeller
  • Platform
  • Rhetoric
  • Richard Nixon
  • Strom Thurmond
  • Tet Offensive
  • Vietnam War


Campaigns & ElectionsU.S. History


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