7. Northern Ireland’s “Forgotten” 1968: An Analysis of the Derry/Londonderry Uprising

Eileen Hogan Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Vivian Deno Butler University
On October 5th, 1968 a group of civil rights activists gathered in Derry/Londonderry, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland to protest the unfair treatment of the Catholic and Republican minority. They were a group organized by the new Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association who marched for rights including fair voting, equal access to public housing, and the outlawing of gerrymandering that traditionally favored Unionist representatives. The protesters were instead met by the police who attacked them and officially began the period known as the Troubles. But, the significance of this protest was overshadowed by the subsequent violent clashes of the Troubles that lasted through the end of the 1990s. “Northern Ireland’s ‘Forgotten’ 1968” looks at an important moment in the fight for Civil Rights by minority groups in Northern Ireland. The significance of Civil Rights March has been ignored in the historiography of 1968 for too long. Few historians acknowledge the impact the protest had on the course of Northern Ireland who have dismissed the event because of the minority groups that organized and led it. Derry/Londonderry deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as “Chicago” and “Paris” because of the monumental events that happened there.
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