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Radio Smart Talk: Searching for George Gordon Meade; 1968 exhibit marks overwhelming year

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jun 8, 2013 2:54 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Monday, June 10:

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The 1960s were a turbulent time in American history.  If one year in the decade had to be singled out as the stormiest, it probably would be 1968.

The Vietnam War was at its height, peaceful and violent protests and demonstrations against the war, civil rights marches, the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King and Senator Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and the election of Richard Nixon all were part of a year that some called overwhelming.

On the pop culture side, "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" was in its infancy, the Beatles released the White Album, and "2001: A Space Odyssey" was one of the year's top films.

On Monday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll look back with Brian Horrigan, curator of The 1968 Exhibit, which opens at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia this Friday, June 14.

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One-hundred-five years before that in 1863, Gen. George Meade was the commander of the Army of the Potomac that won the Battle of Gettysburg.  As author Tom Huntington writes, Meade is often forgotten as one of the heroes or not even remembered at all for his role at Gettysburg.

As part of our Gettysburg 150 coverage, Huntington will appear on Radio Smart Talk to discuss his book, Searching for George Gordon Meade.  

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Tom Huntington

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