Author Event - Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties Book by Thomas M. Grace, PhD
Revisit one of the most searing incidents of American history during the Vietnam Era: the killing of four students and the wounding of nine others, including the author, Thomas Grace, by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University in May, 1970. One reviewer described the book as “a systematic deconstruction of many media-generated myths.” Among them that the campus was without an activist tradition, that the National Guard members were young and inexperienced and that the killings led to an end to the era of mass protest. Taking issue with these myths, the author shows that Kent State was not a tragic anomaly. Rather, it was grounded in a tradition of activism extending back to labor battles and civil rights protests of the 1950s. Grace is an adjunct professor of American history at Erie Community College and a former union representative and social worker. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.