Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Doug Guthrie Oral History

Kent State Shootings: Oral Histories

Doug Guthrie Oral History

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Narrator Guthrie, Doug
Narrator's Role Student at Kent State University in 1970
Date of Interview 2019-05-04
Description Doug Guthrie was an undergraduate studying sociology at Kent State University in 1970. He discusses his early years on campus and how he was part of a relatively small number of students who were involved in protesting the war in Vietnam. He relates his experiences during the days leading up to May 4 and shares his clear and detailed eyewitness account of the shootings. His experiences during the aftermath are a vital part of his story: he went through a difficult, indecisive period followed by finding his vocation and a deeply rewarding and significant career in public service.
Length of Interview 1:15:24 hours
Places Discussed Cedarville (Ohio)
Kent (Ohio)
Time Period discussed 1968-1972
Subject(s) Bayonets
Canfora, Alan
College environment--Ohio--Kent
College students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Common fallacies--Political aspects
Conflict of generations
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Ohio
Crowds--Ohio--Kent
Draft
Evacuation of civilians--Ohio--Kent
Eyewitness accounts
Frank, Glenn W.
Helicopters
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State University. Blanket Hill
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Kent State University. Tri-Towers
Lewis, Jerry M. (Jerry Middleton), 1937-
Martial law--Ohio--Kent
Miller, Jeffrey, d. 1970--Death and burial
Nonviolence
Ohio. Army National Guard
Polarization (Social sciences)
Presbyterian college students--Interviews
Scheuer, Sandra, d. 1970
Schroeder, William, d. 1970--Death and burial
Searchlights
Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.)
Students--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Tear gas munitions
Vandalism--Ohio--Kent
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Young Republican National Federation (U.S.)
Repository Special Collections and Archives
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Provenance/Collection May 4 Collection