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Sprance, James W.
Student at Kent State University in 1970
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James W. Sprance was a junior at Kent State University in 1970 and he discusses his memories of the days surrounding the May 4, 1970, shootings on campus. He describes the military presence on campus: the troops, personnel carriers, jeeps, helicopters, and searchlights that he saw. He relates his memories of Monday, May 4 in detail; he was in The Commons and gives his eyewitness account of the shootings. He was located near the burned ROTC Military Science Building in a crowd of about 500 people that he characterizes as calm; he says that he spent part of the time there discussing a class with one of his professors. He describes seeing tear gas canisters being thrown back and forth, the movement of the Guard, the arrival of the ambulances, the crowd reforming on the hill after the shootings, and Professor Glenn Frank talking to the crowd. He concludes by discussing his experiences as he left Kent after the campus had been closed and some of the difficulties he had that following summer.
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Frank, Glenn W.
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Ohio. Army National Guard
Tear gas munitions
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