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Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
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MWMLSU
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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
67 shots by Howard Means. Read it years ago and found it fascinating.


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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
I don't have a recommendation for you , apologies, but here is Mary Ann Vecchio the young woman in the famous photo.

Image: https://mendocoastcurrent.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/maryannvecchionew.jpg?w=300&h=269


I've included both published iconic photos; the one with the pole and the one with the pole airbrushed out, which to my limited knowledge is the only Pulitzer winning photo that has been altered.

Image: http://hoaxes.org/images/media2/1970filo1.jpg

Image: http://hoaxes.org/images/media2/1970kentstate_tn.jpg


RedPop4
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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
I have relatives in that area of Ohio, one who worked there and may have been there that day. They knew this was coming as the town was inundated by Communist protestors disrupting town life for at least a week.

As they have told me she was a teenager, not a university student, at all, but a high school student who was brought into Kent with the "activisits."


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tigahbruh
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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
No, but the factual accounts, based on the primary source documents, tell a very different story than the typical pop culture version of events.

SDS had no real grievance beyond undermining American culture and government. Their goal was to create as much violence and discomfort as possible and they largely succeeded in the short term.

The Ohio National Guard created a lesson learned for dealing with domestic riot control, civil unrest, and seditious organizations. Planners need to be able to distinguish bn the 3, even when they are intertwined.

After SDS burned down buildings and began hurling glass, rocks, and bricks at the Guardsmen, the Soldiers defended themselves.

The biggest mistake by the men on the ground was firing warning shots over the rioters heads, which then struck bystander students farther away.

The rioters who were shot seem to have got what they deserved. The bystander students did not. It was mindblowing to read personal accounts of students and soldiers, as well as official reports and early news stories, before the narrative was established. Nothing like Crosby, Stills, and Nash or other pop references infer.

While musicians, journalists, and pop culture in general treated the violent SDS rioters like sweet, innocent "protesters," Nixon still won 49 of 50 states in 1972 (Part of his campaign platform was denouncing those extremist groups).

There has to be a book that covers it all in a factual and even handed way, but I havent found it yet. Good luck.



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WG_Dawg
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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
Why was the pole airbrushed out?


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Spyhunter3
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re: Can anyone recommend a book that recounts that fateful day at Kent State University?
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67 shots by Howard Means


This. Excellent read. There's your answer.


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