Apr 272011

Kent State, Part IV?

I have been anxiously awaiting the concluding fourth part of Richard Becker’s excellent series, the first three parts of which ran in February, April, and May of last year. Assuming I did not overlook it somehow, any chance that we will see it soon, or must I abandon all hope?

Dan Casey

Kentucky expatriate

Editor responds:

That is a very good question Dan, and truth be told, you’re not the first person to ask it. So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna put your question in our letters to the editor, and maybe Richard—who is currently back in Lexington—will by hook or by crook come across your question, and get inspired to complete part IV. Continue reading »

May 072010

Kent State at UK, Part III

By Richard Becker

With the old Air Force ROTC building on Euclid Avenue a smoldering pile of ash and wood, on May 6, 1970, UK students continued their demonstrations against the university and the illegally expanding war in Vietnam. Nationally, the fallout from the murder of four students at Kent State University by the National Guard on May 4 was beginning to intensify. A number of colleges and universities experienced student unrest in the form of campus demonstrations, property destruction and pitched run-ins with local police and national guard units. Continue reading »

Apr 222010

Kent State at UK, part II

By Richard Becker

In Spring of 1970, the Richard Nixon Administration began to expand the war in Indochina beyond the borders of Vietnam into Laos and Cambodia. Antiwar sentiment had already been simmering for years in the United States, particularly among students. This was no less true right in the heart of the Midwest at Kent State University where, forty years ago on May 4, 1970, several dozen rifle shots changed the course of American history and galvanized opposition to the war in Vietnam.

That day, on May 4, students at Kent gathered on campus—as their compatriots at schools across America did—to demonstrate against the US incursion into Laos and Cambodia. Continue reading »