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INJUSTICE/CIVIL RIGHTS/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Chicago Seven

Who were the Chicago Seven?

The Chicago Seven (originally eight) were political radicals accused of conspiring to incite the riots that occurred at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. During the five-month trial, the prosecution stressed the defendants’ provocative rhetoric and subversive intentions, while the defense attributed the violence to official overreaction. The case drew national attention for the artists and activists that testified as witnesses, as well as defendant Bobby Seale’s actions, which earned him four years in prison for contempt of court. In February 1970, five of the seven were found guilty, but an appeals court overturned the convictions in 1972.

University of Missouri–Kansas City Site on Chicago 7

Chicago Seven Conspracy Trial

Violence Batters 1968 Democratic Convention

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial: A Short Narrative