Prologue to April : the riotproof city -- Thursdasy night : first sparks of anger -- Thursday night and Friday morning : the police problem -- Friday : the thin line vanishes -- Midday Friday : hot words -- Friday afternoon : Washington burns -- Friday evening to Saturday : the troops arrive -- The occupation of Washington -- Fair trial : the rioters in the courts -- The looters -- "All you need is a match, man" -- The merchants -- Resurrection City, May-June -- Epilogue in August : the city's voices -- Appendix I. How many rioted -- Appendix II. Who riots
The article highlights all of S. Dillon Ripley's accomplishments as Smithsonian Secretary from 1964 to 1982. The article also discusses Ripley's congressional hearings and his policies with antiwar demonstrators and with the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. The additions of the Cooper-Hewitt, Renwick, Sackler, and Hirshhorn Museums are discussed. The article also delves into Ripley's childhood and the period of his life before his term as Secretary of the Institution, including his field work in India with Salim Ali, research on birds, especially rails, and tenure with the Office of Strategic Services.