There’s a strong element of sadness watching this video. A burning city, military occupation … what essentially was complete chaos in the city from April 4th to April 8th, 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Economically it seriously devastated the corridors of 14th St NW, 7th St NW and H St NW. It has only been in the last decade that these neighborhoods have seen a significant resurgence.
Here are a couple more photos of the riots.
Soldiers on guard in D.C.
Soldiers in the streets of D.C. (7th and N St NW)
Also check out these riot aftermath photos on Flickr.