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The 1970s were an arousing decade filled with many conflicts, one of which was the anti-war protests led by students at kent state university in Northern Ohio. When President nixon ordered U.S. troops into Cambodia, people all over the nation were furious. After protesters at kent State began smashing windows, Mayor Leroy Satrum asked the Governor of Ohio, James Rhodes, for help by the National Guard. However not until the next day, did troops arrive. That day, students burned down the university's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) building. The following day, MOnday, May 4 1970, 2000 to 3000 people arrived at the University Commons area for an anti-war rally at noon. Guardsmen ordered the crowd to disperse, but some responded by verbally abusing and throwing stones. The guards brought tear-gas to break them up. When the crowd did nothing, the guardsmen raised bayonets, forcing the protectors to retreat. Chaos broke out as the guards changed formation. A few guards turned toward Taylor hall parking lot, and fired between 61 and 67 shots in a 13 second period. Four students were killed, and nine others were wounded.

The Kent State Massacre is a notable event, partly because this was the only time in the history of America that federal troops killed demonstrators on a college campus. The biggest impact this tragedy had was that after it,thousands of students throughout t200 college campuses called for strikes. The Kent State conflict demonstrated the enormously strong opinions of people against the war, all over the country. People across the nation showed sympathy to the demonstrator's deaths, and many people reconsidered their support of the Vietnam War. The Kent State Massacre was an appalling event in our history, and an excellent example of conflicts taking place in the 1970s.



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ROTC before Kent State shootings