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City Life

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The 1968 Chicago Riots—Why the West Side?

The area was at the tail end of the Great Migration, and still under the tight control of white ward bosses, when the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. set off the conflagration.

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The Day WSNS-TV Chicago Got Word a Nuclear Attack Was Imminent

In February 1971, a 23-year-old TV director got an official “Attack Warning.” He checked the authenticator for the correct password: “HATEFULNESS.” Then he faced a decision: Should he play a terrifying plea from the North American Air Defense to take cover?

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