The year that shaped a generation
1968 was a transformative year in American history, one that shocked and galvanized the nation and set the course for the next 50 years in activism, politics and culture. The year’s seminal events included the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, student uprisings in response to the U.S. engagement in Vietnam, the strength of the Black Power movement, Richard Nixon’s rise to power, and an extraordinary output of music including the Beatles in their coda. Now TIME’s remarkable special edition, 1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation, captures those events in memorable words and stirring photographs.
Like a knife blade, the year 1968 separated past from future—and helped to define a generation. As the generation that we now know as the baby boomers came into adulthood, everything changed: in politics, in popular culture, in how Americans viewed the world and in how the world viewed America. It was a year that ushered in a new generation of leaders. Readers can experience and examine the year as it unfolded, through stunning photographs and authoritative essays and commentary from the editors of TIME magazine.