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The Passage of 50 Years: Was 1968 Worse than 2018?

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On April 5th, 1968 I turned 18. The military draft was in force. At 18 years of age, all men had to register for the draft. The only good thing about the requirement was that you could skip school to register. Two of my high school friends also had birthdays on April 5th.

We drove to downtown Pittsburgh to the draft board to fulfill our duty.

April 5th, 1968 was the day after Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated in Memphis. Cities with large black populations were on edge. Violence and the burning of buildings had taken place overnight.

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