By: Aaron Bartholomew
In a world troubled with wars, and countries competing for the status of most powerful country, the 1960’s took its toll on the United States. The United States had spent the past few decades dealing with World War One and the Cold War, but eventually began setting their sights on wars that were not theirs to fight. The thought of sending young Americans into a country to fight for a war that could not be won upset Americans nationwide.
The Vietnam War effected the baby boomer generation the hardest. The draft was reinstated for the first time since 1942. With the draft in full swing, young men realized the only way they could postpone the chances of them going to Vietnam was to enroll in college. The enrollment into college did not exempt them from the draft; it simply postponed their enlistment until they finished their schooling. As many students came closer to graduating, and the war still going, they realized the only other two options to escape the draft was to either cross the border into Canada or to protest against Congress and put an end to the senseless war.
Over two million people fought in the Vietnam War and over 58,000 of them died. Most of these casualties were young men who had been drafted, most of them being in the lower class of society which resulted in them not having the money to attend college and defer their draft. As the war continued, the resentment toward the war and government officials grew. In major cities across the United States people began protesting the war. Some of the protests turned violent and many protestors were killed. The results and the outcome of these protests just fueled the fire of hatred for the government officials that continued to send troops into Vietnam.
On May 4th, 1970, a protest against the war turned horribly violent. Ohio Army National Guard was dispatched to Kent State University to monitor the protest and maintain order....