Napalm the Dog

How a fabricated story stimulated sincere horror on the Kent State Campus.

| October 2016

  • Yippie playbook: take a horror of the war and reduce it to street theater that the media can’t ignore.
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  • In “67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence” Howard Means discusses midday May 4, 1970. After three days of protests, several thousand students and the Ohio National Guard faced off at opposite ends of the grassy campus Commons at Kent State University. At noon, the Guard moved out. Twenty-four minutes later, Guardsmen launched a 13-second, 67-shot barrage that left four students dead and nine wounded, one paralyzed for life. The story doesn't end there, though. A horror of far greater proportions was narrowly averted minutes later when the Guard and students reassembled on the Commons.
    Cover Courtesy Da Capo Press

In 67 Shots: Kent State and the End of American Innocence (Da Capo Press, 2016), Howard Means discusses the Kent State shootings that were both unavoidable and preventable: unavoidable in that all the discordant forces of a turbulent decade flowed together on May 4, 1970, on one Ohio campus; preventable in that every party to the tragedy made the wrong choices at the wrong time in the wrong place.

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