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A contact sheet of photos taken by photojournalist Ron Bennett of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy campaigning in 1968 to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee. Challenges to the sitting president, Lyndon B. Johnson, by two members of his own party, Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy, turned the Democrat primaries into a de facto referendum on the unpopular war in Vietnam, especially after Johnson’s shocking announcement that he would not seek re-election. Kennedy entered the race in opposition to the Johnson administration’s Vietnam policy and as a progressive voice on urban and racial issues. “It was always a long shot for Kennedy,” Witcover says. “[But] he was a sensation in the campaign … generating so much enthusiasm and support.”

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Ron Bennett/Courtesy of UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History