SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
by Will Bunch
Historian Thomas Grace argued that, contrary to the perception of student protesters as Ivy League elites, movements at Kent State built on family histories of labor unionism and the perception that working class kids' path to a better life was being short-circuited by the war in Vietnam.
As the 50th anniversary of the Kent State killings passed this week, the University had been advancing along a difficult path to acknowledge the events and introduce new students to the campus's tragic history.
by James Thornton Harris
An HNN Contributing Editor reflects on how the Kent State killings pushed him to student activism and the legacy of protest fifty years later.
by Steve Early
1970 Student Strike participant Steve Early reflects on the massive college student walkouts and their relevance to today's political climate.
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Ed.
Penny Lewis is an assistant professor of labor studies at the Joseph P. Murphy Institute for Work Education and Labor Studies in the School of Professional Studies at the City University of New York. This essay is adapted from her new book Hardhats, Hippies, and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory, published by Cornell University Press.Decades after its conclusion, the U.S. war in Vietnam remains an unsettled part of our collective memory. Members of the military, veterans, scholars, journalists, and artists continue to revisit and reinterpret the war, assessing its historical significance while seeking meaning for wars fought today. Despite the efforts of our political elites to put the ghosts of Vietnam to rest, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have prolonged these discussions. Books and articles with titles like "Is Afghanistan Another Vietnam?" abound. The economic and political imperatives that drive U.S. foreign policy, the appropriate use of force, the domestic costs of war, the treatment and trauma of veterans, whether today's wars are "winnable" or "worth it"—appropriate or not, those are some of the many points of comparison and concern.
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