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6 months
ago

How Nixon Used the ‘68 Riots to Flip Illinois

After unrest on the West Side following MLK’s assassination — and later at the DNC — Illinois went to the Republicans, who won the state in six consecutive elections.

7 months
ago

The Battle That Chicago Forgot

Years before the Haymarket Affair, 30 Chicagoans were killed by police during America’s first-ever nationwide strike in 1877. But the spot where the most blood was shed bears no mark of what happened there.

8 months
ago

They Were Warriors

Thirty years ago this month, activists — many fighting for their lives — took to the streets of downtown Chicago in one of the biggest AIDS demonstrations in history. Here’s how that pivotal protest played out, in the words of those who were there.

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