Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

William G. Arthrell Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

William G. Arthrell Oral History

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Narrator Arthrell, William G.
Narrator's Role Student at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 1995-05-04
Description An undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970, William G. Arthrell was active in the antiwar movement on campus. In this oral history, he chose not to focus on the events that took place on May 4, 1970, the day of the shootings on campus, but rather on the preceding events and on the aftermath of the shootings. He describes an antiwar demonstration that he organized at Kent State University on April 22, 1970. He also discusses being indicted as one of the Kent 25, the students and faculty who were indicted by a grand jury on criminal charges in conjunction with the events of May, 1970. He was involved in the 1977 student movement to oppose the construction of the gymnasium annex on the site of the shootings on the Kent State University campus, and discusses the protest demonstrations and his arrests. He also describes his experiences at other antiwar demonstrations nationally: the 1971 May Day demonstrations in Washington, D.C., and the protests at the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1972.
Length of Interview 30:10 minutes
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Miami Beach (Fla.)
Oberlin (Ohio)
Washington (D.C.)
Time Period discussed 1970-1977
Subject(s) College students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Demonstrations--Ohio--Kent
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University--Buildings--History
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
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