PROTEST: The Last Jamboree

The promises and rhetoric of the protesters had been almost as puffed up as those of the politicians. The Youth International Party had billed both conventions as "ten days to change the world." Rennie Davis, former S.D.S. leader and veteran of the Chicago '68 riots, foresaw hundreds of thousands of demonstrators descending on Miami Beach for the Republican National Convention. Later he pared his estimate to 5,000 to 10,000, but continued to hold out the promise of the "largest sit-in in history." To ensure tight organization, Davis and leaders of the other,...

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