Kent State Killings

4 April 2015
Background, major players & events, causes & effects of 1970 killing of four Vietnam War-protesting students by Ohio National Guard.

The 1960s was a period of ferment in American society and politics, and it was also a period of violence both by disaffected groups within society and by society itself in Vietnam and against various demonstrators in the U.S., from anti-war demonstrators to delegates and news people as well as agitators at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968. The event that most challenged America’s view of the era and of itself took place at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4, 1970 as members of the National guard fired on student demonstrators, killing 4 and wounding 9. This was the culmination of a decade of student demonstrations both violent and non-violent. For some, the event was the fault of the students nothing would have happened had the students been attending to their own business, and in any case the National…
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