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Student at Kent State University in 1970
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An undergraduate student at Kent State University from 1969 to 1973, Denny Benedict describes his experiences on campus during the year of the May 4, 1970, shootings. He begins by talking about what campus life was like in 1969. He describes the events he witnessed during the weekend prior to the shootings: the ROTC Building fire on May 2 and the demonstration and confrontation with National Guardsmen, who were armed with bayonets, on Sunday, May 3. He was on the Commons the following day and relates a detailed eyewitness account of the shootings and the movements of the National Guard companies as they attempted to break up the crowd. He concludes by discussing his experiences during the aftermath of the shootings, including the discrimination against Kent State students that he experienced and his return to campus to complete his degree the following fall.
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Armored vehicles, Military
Frank, Glenn W.
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. Memorial Gym
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Miller, Jeffrey, d. 1970
Ohio. Army National Guard
Tear gas munitions
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