Revolution '67
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Revolution '67
In the summer of 1967, political unrest began to ferment in America's major cities and college campuses as civil rights, free speech and the war in Vietnam grew into hot button issues. Against this backdrop, an African-American cab driver, John Smith, was pulled over by traffic police in Newark, New Jersey on July 12, 1967. A discussion of a traffic offense grew into an argument, and Smith was severely beaten by arresting officers. News of the incident spread like wildfire through Newark's black ghetto, and when a false rumor alleging that Smith had died in custody started circulating,… More