The designers of this game stayed true to the spirit of the 1968 year and its turmoil. In thinking of the everyday person, the designers were inspired by the oral histories conducted by NPR "StoryCorps" and the South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group’s While the Whole World was Watching:An Oral History of 1968 project conducted in 1998. These oral histories informed the ten Voter Identities and several of the Personal Event Cards, with names changed to protect the individual’s identities.The Political Event Cards are overwhelmingly based on eyewitness accounts, newspaper clippings, or television news coverage from the year, as you can see in the bibliography in a separate attachment.
The creativity of this game, however, comes from the condensed time frame and chance, for example,of pulling a Political Event Card in Round 2 (April 1968) of a historical event that actually occurred in January. It is for this reason that Ballot Box remains a historical based game, grounded in substantive research of the historiography of 1968 and primary source material, but a historically creative game meant to engage players as Voters in 1968 and experience the complex times that is limited in traditional classroom modes of instruction or in the passive reading of the time period.
NPR StoryCorps and the South Kingstown High School and Brown University's Scholarly Technology Group’s While the Whole World was Watching: An Oral History of 1968 project conducted in 1998 inspired the Voter Identities of Ballot Box.
Here are a few of the primary sources or collections that were used to inform the event cards:
"A Campaign to Unite the Nation: Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 Presidential Campaign in California." A digital exhibit by Tamara Martin and Carlos Beltrán, from the records of the California State Archives
Lee Sampson’s California State University, Sacramento Social History course's excerpts of Eugene McCarthy speeches
Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library
4Presidents.Org 1968 Speeches and Campaign Brochures collection
To see the full Bibliography, click here.