Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control. 

Content: In the days between the election of Richard Nixon as president and the end of 1968 it seemed as though people had had enough. They were exhausted. The year had brought such profound change and disruption that people seemed to enter the traditional holiday season hungry for a bit of reassurance that the world was not permanently in turmoil. In those last days, there were no great events, no assassinations to mark the season. Like the disappointing aftermath of a great fireworks display, the last days of 1968 seemed as the first days of that transformative year, quiet, almost leaning forward with anticipation to see what the future portended. In retrospect, the words of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Dany le Rouge, leader of the Paris student revolt, remind us of all that year had wrought, He said, “It happened once upon a time. Constantly replaying the debate of 1968 does not bring us any further. 1968 has changed the world, if you like it or not."

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