1970 The Middle of the Country: The Events of 4th May as seen by Students and Faculty at Kent State University
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First Edition, Illustrated, Pleasing Copy, Publishers' Original Binding, Uncommon
The first edition of this work edited by Bill Warren, at the time a sophomore at Kent State University.
An uncensored, unfiltered, and imperfect book hastily conceived on a plane to New York as the publisher met students from Kent State University being evacuated by order of the university administration after the shootings.
Comprising the account of students and faculty of the University who eye-witnessed the Kent State shootings, also known as the May 4th Massacre; Four students were killed and eleven injured by the Ohio National Guard during a peace rally opposing the expanding involvement of the Vietnam War into neutral Cambodia by United States military forces, as well as the National Guard presence on campus.
The incident marked the first time that a student had been killed in an anti-war gathering in United States history.
With ten different personal accounts, in which the contributors express their thoughts and feelings felt on the day, as well as recounting the shocking events. Included is the facsimile of an article published on The New York Times from a transcript of a conversation of nearly four hours between eleven of the students who were present on the day and three reporters.
Illustrated with various photographs taken by the students of Kent State University.
In the original publisher's paper wraps. Externally lovely with only minor shelf wear, Inscribed by a previous owner to the front free endpaper, dated July 1970. Internally, firmly bound. With a faint tone ageing, as usual due to the type of paper used, otherwise pages are very clean throughout. Illustrated with photographs by students at Kent State University and facsimile of articles on The New York Times: 'The View from Kent State: 11 Speak Out.'
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