The Weathermen Underground

"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." -Bob Dylan
Haymarket Police Memorial bombing October 7, 1969
Shortly before the Days of Rage demonstrations on October 7, 1969, the Weatherman planted a bomb that blew up a statue in Chicago built to commemorate police casualties incurred in the 1886 Haymarket Riot. The blast broke nearly 100 windows and scattered pieces of the statue onto the Kennedy Expressway below. The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970 (coincidentally, the same day as the Kent State massacre), only to be blown up by the Weathermen a second time on October 6, 1970. The statue was rebuilt once again and Mayor Richard J. Daley posted a 24-hour police guard to protect it.
The Rise of the Weatherman Underground Organization
In 1960 fifty-percent of the American population was below the age of 18.   This surplus of youth led to a very unsure time in the 1960's.   People began to notice that we live in a democracy which is for the people and by the people; and many people decided to exercise their rights in order to achieve social change, this period was known as "The Civil Rights Movement".   Women were protesting for equal rights as men, The Black Panthers were fighting for equal rights as whites, and the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) were trying to correct the corruption and injustice of the United States government.   The main goal of the SDS was to get US citizens to get more involved with their government politically, in this "participatory democracy".
The SDS was a group of student activist that formed in 1959.   Their intentions in the beginning were to help out with the civil rights movement and to improve living conditions of the harsh ghettos scattered across the US.   Later the group became heavily involved with protesting the Vietnam War.   SDS was supposed to be a non-violent activist group however; the group slowly became more and more militant.   Eventually in 1969 the SDS had finally dissolved into...