67 Shots

67 Shots

Kent State and the End of American Innocence

eBook - 2016
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At midday on May 4, 1970, after three days of protests, several thousand students and the Ohio National Guard faced off at opposite ends of the grassy campus Commons at Kent State University. At noon, the Guard moved out. Twenty-four minutes later, Guardsmen launched a 13-second, 67-shot barrage that left four students dead and nine wounded, one paralyzed for life. The story doesn't end there, though. A horror of far greater proportions was narrowly averted minutes later when the Guard and students reassembled on the Commons.

The Kent State shootings were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place.

Using the university's recently available oral-history collection supplemented by extensive new interviewing, Means tells the story of this iconic American moment through the eyes and memories of those who were there, and skillfully situates it in the context of a tumultuous era.
Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, c2016
ISBN: 9780306823800
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Sixty-seven shots


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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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