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Kent State was a shocker. Our parents thought the shootings were justified. The youth saw it as an act of a repressive government. Michener shows that both viewpoints are correct.
He gives all sides of the story. Young guardsmen who were terrified of an angry student body. Young students who felt strongly about the war. Students who were there to see what happened next. And, most significantly, professional rabble rousers who were there for one reason: to cause a stir.
Kent State's tragedy would likely have never happened without these gadflies, some of whom really didn't care about ending the war. Kudos to Michener for finding the true villains in the account.
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