A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 11, 1988

"I remember practically every hour of 1968," says Senior Writer Lance Morrow, who wrote this week's cover story. "I was 28 years old then, and writing in TIME's Nation section, doing pieces about Bobby Kennedy's coming into the race, and Johnson's withdrawing, and the assassinations. It was tragic history, but it also had a quality of hallucination."

Morrow traveled to Chicago to cover the Democratic Convention. Stepping out of the Hilton Hotel into the battle between police and demonstrators on Michigan Avenue, he was charged by a Chicago cop with billy club raised. "He was about to go for my skull,"...

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