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William G. Arthrell, Oral History
Recorded: May 4, 1995
Arthrell, William G.
Student at Kent State University in 1970
|Date of Interview
An undergraduate student at Kent State University in 1970, William G. Arthrell was active in the anti-war 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.
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Miami Beach (Fla.)
|Time Period discussed
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University--Buildings--History
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
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