KENT STATE MAY 4 1970; LEST WE FORGET

At Kent State University, a weekend of confrontation between the Ohio National Guard and campus crowds protesting the Vietnam War and the U.S. invasion of Cambodia turns tragic on Monday May 4, 1970, when, to disperse a rally, 28 guardsmen open fire on the demonstrators. Four students are killed and nine are wounded. Reaction includes a national strike by four million students. Subsequent trials will determine that the guards justifiably feared for their lives, but the shootings intensify the country’s polarization over the Vietnam War and the Administration of President Nixon.

Smithsonian, May 2010 p.28

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