Chicago, 1968

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Chicago 1968 is set in August 1968, delegates to the Democratic National Convention gather in Chicago. They need to settle their party platform’s position on domestic issues as well as a policy on Vietnam. They must also pick a candidate for President. Since neither is in the majority, liberals and conservatives must win over the moderate center. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters descend upon Chicago. They plan on using the methods of the civil rights movement to bend the Democrats to their will, but they are divided as well. Serious and dedicated pacifists will find it difficult to work with new voices like the absurdist Yippies or the increasingly radical SDS. In both venues, mainstream and underground journalists must jockey for position. Will they focus on the rancorous politics inside the convention hall or the giddy protesters in the streets? In the Reacting to the Past gameChicago, 1968, players assume the roles of historical figures in each of these groups. Whether Richard Daley, Eugene McCarthy, Fannie Lou Hamer, Abbie Hoffman, Walter Cronkite, or Hunter S. Thompson, they must understand and contend with competing ideologies and incipient chaos that defined this pivotal moment in American history.

About the Author:

Nicolas W. Proctor teaches history and administers the first-year program at Simpson College. He is author of Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South, and is currently working on several projects for the Reacting to the Past series including Forest Diplomacy: War and Peace on the Colonial Frontier and Modernism vs. Traditionalism: Art in Paris, 1888-89 (with Gretchen McKay and Michael Marlais). Proctor is Chair of the "Reacting to the Past" Editorial Board.