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How the Kent State Shooting Changed Me

A former student looks back at the 40th anniversary of antiwar movement’s watershed event

On May 1, 1970, the night after President Nixon announced the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, I saw the movie Zabriskie Point. In a scene about a fictional campus confrontation, a policeman shot a college student. How unreal that seemed to me, a student at Kent State University in Ohio and a nonprotester. Later that evening, anger over Nixon’s latest escalation of the Vietnam War boiled over in downtown Kent. Protesters threw rocks at cars and broke store windows. … Back to Article

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