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Change was in the air. Everywhere. From Saigon to Seattle, Paris to Pasco, Memphis and Mexico City. On college campuses, the campaign trail and evergreen peaks, Washingtonians were spurred to action.

It was the year when Vietnam, civil rights, women’s liberation, and conservation coalesced—the year when tragedy led the 6 o’clock news with numbing regularity. 1968 changed us in ways still rippling through our society a half-century later.