Forty Years Later, Ohio Can’t Outlive Its Anthem

Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneels over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. John Filo's iconic photograph received a Pulitzer Prize. [Source: Wikipedia
Mary Ann Vecchio, a fourteen-year-old runaway, kneels over the body of Jeffrey Miller after he was shot by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. John Filo’s iconic photograph received a Pulitzer Prize. [Source: Wikipedia]

Sometimes when I walk across my university campus, it’s hard to remember how America was so angry and violent forty years ago. Other times I think, this is Ohio, the proverbial battleground state of national politics, and it isn’t so hard to remember. The fear- and hate-mongers are still with us.

A Swiss band made this cover of Neil Young’s song. For some historical contex, listen to NPR’s story about Kent State.

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