“Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio” Teaching Guide

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Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio, written and illustrated by Derf Backderf (award-winning author of Trashed and My Friend Dahmer), tells the story of the events leading up to the tragedy of May 4, 1970, when the National Guard shot and killed four unarmed college students and wounded nine more during campus protests at Kent State University. Reconstructed from oral histories, firsthand interviews, photos, news reports, and archival materials, the graphic novel opens four days before the shootings take place and follows the stories of these students as they move towards their tragic fates. Eerily reminiscent of events and divisions we still face today, this story is a timeless reminder of the perils of prejudice, bias, and forceful repression by our own government.

Kent State Teaching Guide
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