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SOC352 Kent State Protest

SOC352 Kent State Protest - KentStateProtest: thevietnam...

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Kent State Protest: Standing Up Against the Vietnam War The purpose of the May 1970 student demonstrations at Kent State University was to protest the vietnam   war . The protest began on May 1, 1970 with passionate speeches and protest songs.  The students were  engaging in non-violent  activities. Events on 5/2/70 : A few students set fire  to the ROTC building.  This led the Ohio’s Governor Rhodes to call in the National   Gaurd , to quell the protest activities and restore ‘order’ on the campus. Events on 5/3/70 : Governor Rhodes, in a televised speech, told the public, “we are going to eradicate the problem .” The National Guard began throwing tear gas  at the students in an effort to disperse them.  This only  made the students more determined to protest.  In response, the students threw rocks and yelled .
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