Smithsonian Time Capsule: 1968
In 1968, things just wouldn’t stop happening, each passing week brought a new bombshell headline. Politically, the Revolution of ’68 challenged old conservative regimes across Europe and Latin America. At home, opposition to the Vietnam War and engagement in the struggle for civil rights overcome non-violent philosophy to create a volatile mix of activism and rioting, greatly accelerated by the assassinations of MLK and RFK. Then a backlash makes ‘law and order’ candidacies successful and reshapes the political parties. Optimism turns to disappointment, but progress continues – from the first African American woman elected to Congress to the birth of the women’s movement to big wins in space with the Apollo missions. And throughout it all, Smithsonian Curators were collecting objects to help tell the stories for future generations.