A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 6, 1968

LIKE all the correspondents in Chicago, the TIME contingent soon learned that covering the Democratic Convention was a demanding task. It required an uncommon agility in crowds, a determined concentration in the confusion of the gallery, and the strength to bounce back from a dose of Mace or tear gas.

For an artist's-eye view of the varied and violent week in Chicago, TIME turned to the distinguished painter and lithographer Jack Levine, whose work has earned him a reputation as a caustic observer of American politics. His sketches illustrate the Nation section's convention report.

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