Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

email signup Blog Video Facebook Twitter Instagram

David Douglas Duncan

U.S. Political Conventions

Democratic National Convention, Chicago, August 24-29, 1968
previous / index / next

A young man and woman watch a television that is off-camera, in disbelief and horror. The woman has her hands to her mouth, the man is stone-faced.

On the 15th floor of the Conrad Hilton Hotel, McCarthy-kids are drawn to their television sets, not to watch the Democrats' nomination-night balloting at the Amphitheater, but to see the events unfolding below their very windows. With a strange mixture of outrage and curiosity, they watch delayed television news coverage of their friends being clubbed on Michigan Avenue and demonstrators taunting the police. Chicago, August 1968.

Title derived from Self-Portrait: U.S.A., p. 199.