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President Richard Nixon's announcement of the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the need to draft more soldiers for an expansion of the Vietnam War effort provoked massive protests on campuses throughout the country. At Kent State University in Ohio, demonstrators occupied buildings and destroyed the ROTC offices. In response, the governor of Ohio dispatched hundreds of National Guardsmen to the campus. On May 4, the guardsmen open fire on a crowd of protesters, killing four student and wounding nine others.
Kent State Protest Poster, 1970. NYU Archives Collection.
News of the Kent State massacre spread across the country, provoking more unrest. As a result, hundreds of colleges were shut down or disrupted by protests. At NYU, students plan their own demonstrations.
b/w photograph of students reaction to Kent State massacre, 1970. NYU Archives Photograph Collection.
Students react aggressively by storming campus buildings and attempting to blow them up.
b/w photo of student protesters with "Avenge" poster in the background, 1970. NYU Archives Photograph Collection.

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