I am taking a Rhetoric of International Relations class here at Georgia Southern University. This has been a challenging, yet insightful, class.
For our final paper, we are to analyze an editorial piece from a major U.S. newspaper, published between March 31, 1968 and April 30, 1968, by using Kenneth Burke’s Dramatisitc Pentad.
So needless to say I have been doing lots of research.

1968 was a pivotal year for our Country’s history. Some of the events that took place that year are:



Looking back, it seems as if the United States was coming unraveled: Vietnam opposition, civil rights movements, and as well as, the emergence of the counterculture movement (the hippies).

There was also unrest found within the students all over the country:

South Carolina State College students staged a Civil Rights protest at a white-only bowling alley in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Highway patrolmen broke up the protest and resulted in 3 students killed. February 8th, 1968

University of Wisconsin-Madison campus had many protest take place. There struggle was recorded by PBS documentary Two Days in October, the film The War at Home, as well as the book, They Marched into Sunlight.

University of North Carolina participated in many demonstrations and protest. By 1968, protesters were more willing to engage in confrontation. 15 protesters were arrested for blocking the entrance of Gardner Hall, where a job recruiter from Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, was interviewing students. March 18, 1968


Howard University students, in Washington D.C., staged a 5-day sit in and took over the administration building March 19-23, 1968

Columbia University students discovered links between the university and the institutional apparatus supporting the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War. Ended with violent removal by New York City Police Department April, 1968.

☮Student demonstrations were taking place all over the world, not just the United States.☮

Today I picked up the George Anne, our student newspaper on campus, Page 15 there is the story of: The University of Minnesota Spring Jam celebration turns into riot.   History repeated itself at when a riot broke out because they won their second consecutive NCAA championship. Cars, dumpsters, and parking boots were set on fire.

Sport-related riots? Really? I guess, I don’t want to know what would happen if they lost..

Maybe it’s because I have been researching the Vietnam era to the point where I feel like I was there; but, “can’t we all just get along”☮

“Youth is wonderful. It’s a shame to waste it on the young” -Mark Twain

We will never know what a gift “youth” is. But, I like to think the youth is not wasted. We keep the would pure, innocent, sensitive, and most important, we dream.


Sports= a motive/reason to flip a random car over on the street at your school (probably belonging to a fellow broke college kid, like yourself).

Come on people. Control your alcohol..or don’t drink.Your “educated” people, act like it.

I am all about people being passionate, proud, and happy. I hope we continue to challenge and change but, for the good and with compassion. That is the youth’s obligation to the world: to be the dreamers, the pure, the hopeful.