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George Cadkin Kent State


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George Cadkin Kent State

  1. 1. “Everyone without exception is horror-struck by the tragedy of the last few hours. Unfortunately, no one is able yet to say with certainty what the facts of the situation are.” -Dr. White, Kent State University President
  2. 2. <ul><li>What were the key components that lead to the shootings at Kent State on May 4, 1970? </li></ul>George Cadkin
  3. 3. The United States enters Cambodia <ul><li>On April 30, 1970 President Nixon declared that the United States was to execute an imminent attack against &quot;major enemy sanctuaries on the Cambodian-Vietnam border.” </li></ul>                                                                                                                                              
  4. 4. Young People Revolt <ul><li>Immediately after this was announced, young people across the country came together and outwardly protested the war </li></ul>                                                                                                                                                   
  5. 5. Students at Kent State Protest the entrance in to Cambodia <ul><li>The protesting started on Saturday May 2, 1970 </li></ul><ul><li>Early in the night the Army Reserve Officers Training corps building was burnt down by the students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Kent State Cont. <ul><li>At this point the National Guard were called in </li></ul><ul><li>Martial Law was declared (law imposed by the military </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cont. <ul><li>On Monday May 4, the students were ordered into their dorms </li></ul><ul><li>The National Guard had to force them into the dorms </li></ul><ul><li>As the thousands of students walked away the guard chased after them and threw tear gas grenades </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cont. <ul><li>The students then became outraged and started saying things like, “Pigs off campus” </li></ul><ul><li>Students also threw the tear gas back along with rocks </li></ul><ul><li>It was at this point that the National Guard opened fire on the students </li></ul>
  9. 9. Aftermath <ul><li>4 Students were killed and 9 were injured </li></ul><ul><li>Survivors of this incident have claimed that the guard were ordered to shoot, while the guard claim they were shooting in self-defense from reported sniper shots from a student </li></ul>
  10. 10. &quot;Vietnam Protestors.&quot; . 29 Oct 2008 <>. &quot;protest and opposition.&quot; . 28 sep 2008. casa historia. 29 Oct 2008 <>. Kifner , John. &quot;4 Kent State students killed by troops.&quot; (1970): 1,17. Works Cited Hanson, David. &quot;&quot;Four Dead in O-hio-O&quot;: The Kent State Massacre.&quot; Virginia Western Community College . 2000. Virginia Western Community College . 29 Oct 2008 <>.