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Kent State University Shootings, 1970 (May 4)

The following sources are recommended by an expert whose research specialty is the student protest and deaths at Kent State.


Six Superlative Sources

· Davies, Peter, and the Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church. The Truth about Kent State: A Challenge to the American Conscience. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973.

· Gordon, William A. Four Dead in Ohio: Was There a Conspiracy at Kent State? North Ridge Books, 1995.

· Kelner, Joseph, and Munves, James. The Kent State Coverup. Harper and Row, 1980.

· The May 4 Collection. Kent State University Libraries and Media Services, Department of Special Collections and Archives.

· Moyers, Bill, ed. "Kent State: Struggle for Justice." Bill Moyers' Journal, Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Aired on WNET-13, January 16, 1974.

· U.S. President's Commission on Campus Unrest. The Report of the President's Commission on Campus Unrest. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1970.

Other Excellent Sources

· "At War with War." Time Magazine, May 18, 1970.

· The Burr: Special May 4 Issue. Burr, Spring, 2000. The Burr is a Kent State University student magazine.

· Canfora, Alan. Alan Canfora: Kent State Tragedy Eyewitness, Victim, Expert.

· The Commission on KSU Violence. "The Events of May 1-4, 1970, at Kent State University: Minority Report of the Commission on KSU Violence." Unpublished, 1970. The report of the university's internal fact-finding commission, written primarily by Kent State University English Professor Doris Franklin, is available in the May 4 Collection, Kent State University Libraries and Media Services, Department of Special Collections and Archives.

· Cousins, Norman. "Kent State and Watergate." World, June 6, 1973.

· Davies, Peter. "An Appeal to the United States Department of Justice for an Immediate and Thorough Investigation of the Circumstances Surrounding the Shootings at Kent State, May 1970." Entered into the Congressional Record by Congressman William S. Moorhead, July 22, 1970, p. E8143.

· Davies, Peter. "Another White House Horror Story?" Village Voice, November 8, 1973.

· Dunphy, John. "Guard's Prosecutor Admits He Never Expected to Win." Akron Beacon Journal, May 4, 1975.

· Elkins, Stanley. "Lessons and Judgments." Commentary, October 1971.

· Eszterhas, Joe, and Roberts, Michael. "James Michener's Kent State: A Study in Distortion." Progressive, September 1971.

· "4 Kent State Students Killed by Troops." New York Times, May 5, 1970.

· Frisby, Michael. "Kent Case Just Won't Stay Quiet in the Grave." Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 13, 1981.

· Gordon, William A. "Is Kent State in Denial about What Happened There 35 Years Ago?" History News Network, December 13, 2004.

· Gordon, William A. "The Kent State Shootings: An Annotated Bibliography."

· Greene. Daniel. "When a World Collapses: Kent State's Wounded Tell Their Grim Story." National Observer, May 3, 1975.

· Henderson, Ron. "18 Months Later: Families of the Kent State Dead Speak Out." American Report, November 12, 1971.

· Hensley, Thomas R., and Lewis, Jerry M. Kent State and May 4th: A Social Science Perspective. Kendall/Hunt, 2000.

· Himmerstone, Robert G. "The Fifth Victim at Kent State." Life, October 16, 1970.

· Howard, Bob. "The Manipulation of May 4 for Political Ends." Left Review, 2 (Spring), 1978.

· Inquire, Learn and Reflect: May 4, 1970. Kent State University.

· Jindra, Chris. "New Kent Trial: A Question of Rights -- 'How Far Does the Constitution Go?'" Chicago Tribune, July 13, 1975.

· Krause, Arthur. "A Memo to Mr. Nixon." New York Times, May 7, 1978.

· Lewin, Nathan. "Kent State Revisited: Another Skeleton in the Closet?" New Republic, August 18 and 25, 1973.

· Lewis, Jerry M., and Hensley, Thomas R. "The May 4 Shootings at Kent State University: The Search for Historical Accuracy." Ohio Council for the Social Studies Review, 34, 1 (Summer), 1998.

· "A Man Who Says He 'Lost' 2 Daughters at Kent State." Life, August 27, 1971.

· May Fourth Task Force.

· McGrory, Mary. "Kent State Case Goes On and On." New York Post, April 11, 1977.

· Michener, James. Kent State: What Happened and Why. Random House, 1971.

· "Michener Changes Kent State Theory." New York Times, April 30, 1972.

· Moore, Carl, and Heisey, D. Ray. "Not a Great Deal of Error...?" Mimeographed, 1971. Available in the May 4 Collection, Kent State University Libraries and Media Services, Department of Special Collections and Archives.

· Mori, Mark, executive producer. Kent State: The Day the War Came Home. Documentary film. Single Spark Pictures for the Learning Channel, 2001.

· Moyers, Bill, ed. "Justice Delayed." Bill Moyers' Journal, Educational Broadcasting Corporation. Aired on WNET-13, December 19, 1972.

· Munves, James. "More Than People Died at Kent State." Nation, April 26, 1980.

· Nixon, Richard. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. Simon and Schuster (reprint edition), 1990.

· Nixon, Richard. Presidential Address to the Nation, April 30, 1970. Televised presidential address announcing the decision to allow the U.S. military to invade Cambodia, the cause of the riot at Kent State.

· Pacifico, Mike, and Hicks Pacifico, Kendra. Mike and Kendra's Kent State, May 4, 1970, Web Site.

· Payne, J. Gregory. May 4 Archive.

· Peckham, Charles A. "The Ohio National Guard and Its Police Duties, 1894." Ohio History, 83 (Winter), 1974.

· Pruden, Wesley. "A Bereaved Father Wouldn't 'Shut Up.'" National Observer, August 1973.

· Rosen, James S. "Shades of Watergate?" Newsday, May 4, 1995.

· Schollenberger, Charles. "Heroes as Well as Victims at Kent State." Voice, May 31, 1974.

· Sheridan, Terence. "How to Program a Jury." Exit, June 2, 1975.

· Tople, Paul. May 4th, 1970: Paul Tople Documentary Photographs.

· U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Files on the ROTC Fire Bomb and Shooting at Kent State. A more inclusive version is published in microform by Scholarly Resources, 1985.

· Wallace, Weldon. "After Four Years, Kent State Wants the Tragedy Purged." Baltimore Sun, April 29, 1974.

· "A Week of Tragedy: Disorders Flare, 4 Students Die As U.S. Action in Cambodia Inflames Many Campuses." Chronicle of Higher Education, May 11, 1970.

· Wilkinson, Francis. "Trigger Happy: The Cult of Kent State." New Republic, April 13, 1991.

· Zimmerman, Richard G., Condon, George E., Jr., and Jindra, Chris. "Guard Wrong at Kent: Del Corso -- Students No Threat to Soldiers." (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, September 29, 1975.

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