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Inside The Blanket Fort - Episode 176

Inside the Blanket Fort
SIU Press
SIU Press
Inside The Blanket Fort - Episode 176 (5/30/24)

Journey back Inside The Blanket Fort as we sit down with author Brian Mullgardt and his the new book, Wear Some Armor in Your Hair: Urban Renewal and the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Lincoln Park.

Released by SIU Press on May 10th, this book chronicles the events in August of 1968, when approximately 7,000 people protested the Vietnam War against the backdrop of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. This highly televised event began peacefully but quickly turned into what was later termed a “police riot.” Brian Mullgardt’s investigation of this event and the preceding tensions shines a light on the ministers, Yippies, and community members who showed up and stood together against the brutality of the police. Charting a complex social history, Wear Some Armor in Your Hair brings together Chicago history, the 1960s, and urbanization, focusing not on the national leaders, but on the grassroots activists of the time.

Mandi is the author of six published novels, two short fiction collections, and numerous short stories. She earned her BA and MFA in creative writing from SIU.
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