Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Harold Carpenter Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Harold Carpenter Oral History

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Narrator Carpenter, Harold
Narrator's Role Teacher at Kent State's University School, on the Kent campus, in 1970
Date of Interview 2020-02-25
Description In 1970, Harold Carpenter was a high school teacher at Kent State's laboratory school, called the University School, on the Kent campus. He taught history and social studies. In this vivid and detailed oral history, he discusses his life as a teacher, working with Kent State students observing his classes, the mood on campus in the late Sixties, the "town vs. gown" division in the city of Kent, the mood and attitudes of his neighbors, and events that took place in his neighborhood in Kent. He also relates his eyewitness account of the May 4, 1970, shootings and discusses several aspects of the aftermath.
Length of Interview 1:51:17 hours
Places Discussed Kent (Ohio)
Time Period discussed 1968-1972
Subject(s) Ambulances
Armored personnel carriers
College environment--Ohio--Kent
College teachers--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Common fallacies--Political aspects
Community and college--Ohio--Kent
Community members--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Demonstrations--Ohio--Kent
Draft
Drumm, Don, 1935-. Solar Totem #1
Eyewitness accounts
Fassinger, Charles
Frank, Glenn W.
Garand rifle
Helicopters
High school teachers--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Hysteria (Social psychology)
Jeep automobile
Kent (Ohio)--Race relations
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. Johnson Hall
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Kent State University. University School
Kent State University. Victory Bell
Military occupation--Ohio--Kent
Norman, Terry
Ohio State Highway Patrol
Ohio. Army National Guard
Polarization (Social sciences)
Rhodes, James A. (James Allen), 1909-2001
Searches and seizures--Ohio--Kent
Searchlights
Teacher educators--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Vigilantes--Ohio--Kent
Violence--Ohio--Kent
Walls Elementary School (Kent, Ohio)
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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Disclaimer The content of oral history interviews, written narratives and commentaries is personal and interpretive in nature, relying on memories, experiences, perceptions, and opinions of individuals. They do not represent the policy, views or official history of Kent State University and the University makes no assertions about the veracity of statements made by individuals participating in the project. Users are urged to independently corroborate and further research the factual elements of these narratives especially in works of scholarship and journalism based in whole or in part upon the narratives shared in the May 4 Collection and the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project.
Provenance/Collection May 4 Collection