Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Paul Tople Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Paul Tople Oral History

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Narrator Tople, Paul
Narrator's Role Student at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 2017-04-25
Description Paul Tople was an undergraduate student studying photojournalism at Kent State University in 1970. He started as a freshman in 1966 and worked for the student newspaper, the Daily Kent Stater as well as the yearbook, the Chestnut Burr. He discusses campus unrest during that time and the rallies and marches that he covered as a student journalist. Mr. Tople then reads from a prepared statement in which he details the events he witnessed May 1-4, 1970, including witnessing the ROTC Building being set on fire and the sit-in that took place on the street near front campus Sunday night, May 3. He concludes with his eyewitness account of the shootings on May 4.
Length of Interview 39:31 minutes
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Time Period discussed 1966-1970
Subject(s) Akron Beacon Journal
Ambulances
Bayonets
Chestnut Burr
College students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Daily Kent Stater
Demonstrations--Ohio--Kent
Draft
Eyewitness accounts
Garand rifle
Jeep automobile
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Kent State University. Taylor Hall
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Ohio. Army National Guard
Photojournalism--Study and teaching
Students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Tear gas munitions
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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Provenance/Collection May 4 Collection