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Kent State and the End of American Innocence

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"Using recently available oral histories from participants, Howard Means examines the Kent State shooting and the tumultuous era that reverberates still,"--NoveList.
Publisher: Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780306823794
0306823799
9780306823800
Branch Call Number: 378.1 MEANS
Characteristics: vii, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 23, 2018

"These people just move from one campus to the other and terrorize the community. . .They're the worst type of people that we harbor in America, and I want to say they're not going to take over a campus, and the campus is going to be part of the Country and State of Ohio."
Ohio Governor James Rhodes on the protest leaders.
Even non-Baby Boomers are familiar with what happened at Kent State on May 4th, 1970. A protest on campus turned violent and the National Guard opening fire, killing 4 and wounding 9. It was immortalized by CSN&Y in "Ohio." Howard Means's book compiles interviews and contemporary reports to paint a vivid (and disturbing) portrait of what happened that day. Given the increased militarization of our police force and its often harsh treatment of activists, it's not a story that has lost any of its power or relevance. I do quibble with his subtitle, as I think American Innocence, if there ever was such a thing, had been dead for a long time. Just ask the Native Americans. Also, see "Days of Rage" and "Witness to the Revolution."
PS-Future members of Devo were at Kent State during the protests and killings.

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iluvbooks63
Apr 05, 2017

This book made me angry in how no one accepted responsibility after all was said and done. I have never read a book that has elicited the range of emotions that this has. I was just a toddler when this happened, but could understand both points of view, from the protesters and from the National Guard soldiers; they had no chain of command. It really opened my eyes as to what went on during the Vietnam War here in the United States.

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