The Kent State Shooting And The Antiwar Movement

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Sixty seven rounds fired in thirteen seconds killing four and wounding nine others at Kent State in Ohio drew the attention of the whole nation and brought the focus of millions of Americans to the antiwar movement. This event on May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guard members fired at Kent State students, forever shocked and changed the nation and made the antiwar movement a headline in newspapers everywhere. No person in the population of the United States ever thought that our own soldiers would ever shoot other fellow American citizens, let alone kill four innocent people. This incident brought the antiwar movement to new heights and attracted more people into the movement than ever before. Although there were many parts to the evolution …show more content…
A famous photo, taken by a fellow student, of a woman kneeling in anger and sadness, beside one of the victims has become a symbol of the social upheaval of the time. The effects of this event were massive. Our nation was changed forever. This new generation of people brought with them new ideas of thinking. They were very passionate about their beliefs of peace, free love, and civil liberties. The Kent State shooting symbolized how divided the nation was both socially and politically. The event had a direct effect on the nation. It was one of the nation’s greatest tragedies that occurred during the Vietnam War era. It brought to light how the younger generation was changing our nation with new ways of thinking. The new goals of this new movement were to define, establish, and make equal economic, political, personal cultural and social rights for all. They believed in a society in which people do not face discrimination of any kind. Unfortunately these ideas were not accepted yet by all in society, and this led to some serious controversy. The pride of the baby boomers during many of their protest would be so overwhelming that the protests would get out of hand, and some would eventually lead to disaster. There were many ways that while the antiwar movement was becoming more organized and so was the social movement. Students began to see the power of change and that they could make this change happen. They saw great events such as “The March” in Washington in 1963 where Martin Luther King’s speech “I had a dream speech” touched everyone in America It brought civil rights to new levels. Another example of this change was the famous Rosa Parks incident when on December 1st, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus drivers order to give up her seat in the colored section to a white passenger, after the white section was filled. These leaders showed how powerful one’s actions can be. It

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