The 1968 Democratic convention was the site of intense protests against the Vietnam war. Held in Chicago, then Mayor Daley made sure that the police and national guard were in place and ready to confront and control any demonstrators. Young people were drawn from all over the country in hopes of attending a music festival and making their voices heard. The television networks filmed as the police over-reacted and beat demonstrators, who chanted “The Whole World is Watching.”
After the convention was over, the federal government launched a conspiracy trial against an unusual assortment of eight defendants. The trial was a circus in many respects. The film “Chicago 10” provides a very entertaining, educational and enlightening history of the Chicago convention riots in general – and the conspiracy trial in particular. I have summarized quite a few reviews and also include a series of educational resources from the PBS companion website. Click below to learn why you need to watch this important film!!