Remembering 1968: A cataclysmic year

Secret White House presidential recordings from one of our nation's most tumultuous years


Annus horribilis

The year 1968 began with the capture of the USS Pueblo and its crew by North Korea and the Tet offensive in Vietnam. It continued with President Lyndon Johnson's dramatic decision not to run for reelection, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, and the election of Richard Nixon.

Through it all, Johnson's secret White House recordings capture the thoughts, mood, tactics, and decisions of the man in the Oval Office. During the 50th anniversary of this eventful year, the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program will provide excerpts of Johnson’s recordings, along with transcripts and commentary by month and date. The full annotated collection of 1968 recordings will be released through this year by the University of Virginia Press’s Rotunda imprint.