The Day the '60s Died

The Day the '60s Died

The Kent State Shootings

DVD - 2015 | Widescreen version.
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Chronicles the chaotic month of May 1970, when it seemed America was at war with itself. From the students and guardsmen who witnessed the Kent State shootings to two young G.I.s in the Cambodian jungle, the film explores how the events of that turbulent spring affected who these people became, and how the shockwaves from these events have reverberated into the present.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: 973.923 DAY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color with black & white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda
Additional Contributors: Halperin, Jonathan
Bowers, Anna


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May 15, 2017

"The Day The 60s Died" is a good PBS documentary on the Kent State killings, in which American students were shot down by National Guardsmen while protesting Nixon's invasion of Cambodia, shortly after his promise to pull out of Vietnam. The producers try to present a well-balanced view, including plenty of news footage and interviews with those on all sides of the issue. While not changing my views on anything, the movie did broaden my perspective, for instance, I learned that the National Guard was entering a volatile situation, which had already escalated into riot and arson. Whether they should have been sent on campus with loaded guns is another question. If you're interested in American politics and culture or the the youth protest movement of the 1960's and 70's, watch this one.

Jan 16, 2017

A brief and interesting look at a definitive moment in history. Perhaps not as enlightening as I had hoped, but it put all in perspective according to the time it happened and did not pass judgement on it. A good commentary on a senseless war fought in Vietnam and President Nixon's adamant stance in what he believed was right. It was interesting to see how these people carried on the fight for change in other areas of our culture after Kent State.

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