Campaign '68

Campaign '68

Fifty years ago, the country was rocked by a historic presidential campaign. The Democratic party crumbled, a new Republican era began, and the country threatened to split in two. Campaign '68 traces the twists, turns and tragic violence that followed Americans all the way to the voting booths. What began in '68 is still roiling American politics today.

Episodes

October 29, 2018 32 min
Historian Rick Perlstein traces the country's ideological divisions from John F. Kennedy's assassination through Richard Nixon's campaign to modern politics.
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Political scientist Lori Cox Han traces the growing role of women in politics from 1968 to now: "Women are not a monolithic voting bloc, and I think that's one of the biggest misconceptions out there."
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October 15, 2018 27 min
Roger Ailes helped Republicans use television to get elected for decades. He was more politically influential than many politicians themselves. In 1968, Ailes helped Richard Nixon win the White House -- and he was only getting started. Gabriel Sherman, author of a biography on Ailes, traces how the master manipulator shaped elections from Nixon to Trump.
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October 8, 2018 44 min
Historian Peniel Joseph explores how racial anxiety and resentment among white voters shaped the 1968 campaign -- and still shapes politics today.
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October 2, 2018 13 min
Nixon uses a powerful weapon in new ways: television. Politics will never be the same.
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October 2, 2018 11 min
Richard Nixon campaigns on law and order, while George Wallace rises on racist rhetoric. The run for the White House intensifies.
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October 2, 2018 21 min
The list of Democratic candidates grows. The campaign continues in the shadow of national grief.
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October 2, 2018 9 min
1968 rolls in, the Vietnam war rages on, and early presidential primaries show a country beginning to splinter.
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September 18, 2018 3 min
1968 brought tragedy, violence and an unforgettable run for power. Campaign '68, coming Oct. 2, captures the chaos of an American presidential election.
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