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Kent State Student Shootings
This paper examines the Ohio National Guard's opening fire on Kent State students which killed four students during demonstrations protesting against the Vietnam war: Government incompetence and alternatives to National Guard's action.
# 18748 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 17, 2003 in History (U.S. Post-Modern 1965-Present)


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"This study will consider the alternatives to the Ohio National Guard's opening fire on Kent State Students on May 4, 1970, resulting in the deaths of four students during demonstrations on campus protesting President Nixon's war policies in Vietnam and Cambodia.

An examination of the policies and actions of government officials in the Kent State tragedy makes clear that in almost every conceivable instance those officials failed miserably in carrying out their duties. From the politicians (especially Governor Rhodes and Kent Mayor Satrom) to the school administration (especially President White) to the National Guard (especially Generals Del Corso and Canterbury), these officials demonstrated an extraordinary insensitivity and outright stupidity in dealing with the situation, so that, in retrospect, a tragedy of some ... "

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