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Kent State and the End of American Innocence

Book - 2016
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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
Branch Call Number: 378.1 MEANS
Characteristics: vii, 261 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm


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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.

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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