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OHIO This country has had many riots throughout its history The mid-sixties till the early seventies were a popular time for these riots Many people were experimenting with drugs and the overall environment was such a way that will never be felt again From all these riots one in particular at Kent State left four people dead This event was so influential that Neil Young At this time a part of Crosby Stills Nash and Young wrote a song called Ohio Before someone can start explaining the significance of the song to the event one should describe the situation itself On April 30 1970 President Nixon announced the US invasion of Cambodia Americans learned on national television that 150000 soldiers would be drafted for the war -- this from a president elected on his promises to stop the Vietnam conflict Humanist 3 Just a day later demonstrations broke out on college campuses across the nation In the Midwest word spread around Kent State University about a rally to be held at noon Monday May 4 on the Commons Humanist 4 After a weekend of mob chanting and destruction in downtown Kent Ohio Mayor Leroy Satrom asks that the Ohio National Guard be called in to maintain order The group of marshals was formed by the administration in 1968 in response to other student protests Their purpose was to be a voice of reason talking students down from heights of anger Humanist 4 This voice of reason marched toward the crowd Each guardsman carried a loaded M-1 rifle Twenty-five men fired 55 shots from rifles two fired shots from 45 caliber pistols and one fired a single blast from a shotgun Amsterdam 12 Despite their lack of training and organization the marshals did everything in their power to prevent violence Before noon students gathered on the Commons for the anti-war rally which had been planned since Friday A campus policeman riding in
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