Tom Grace, The Shooting at Kent State (1970)
” I think the memorial should state: “On May 4, 1970, units of the Ohio National Guard Company H. 107th Armored Cavalry (Troop G) and Company A, 145th Infantry Regiment shot and killed four student protesters and wounded nine others during a demonstration against the U.S. invasion of Cambodia.” Straight-out, simple facts.”
As a person who experienced the shooting at Kent State and saw the aftermath of it all, the quote shows that he believes it’s best to be straightforward about what occurred on the memorial. The fact that military soldiers, who are suppose to be the protectors and wardens of society, killed four students as well as injuring nine shows corruption in the use of the military and increased emphasis towards politics. The students themselves were trying to convey their thoughts against Nixon’s Cambodia Campaign and despite their freedom of speech, were fired out to subside their demonstration.
“While making his fortune, Morgan brought rationality and organization to the national economy. He kept the system stable. He said: “We do not want financial convulsions and have one thing one day and another thing another day.”
In Chapter eleven of “ A People’s History of the United States”, Zinn mentions one of the big names who had formed a monopoly in the late 1800s and early 1900s, J.P.Morgan. Morgan was the son of a banker who sold stocks for railroads, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific. He made his own wealth by linking railroads to each other, then linking the railroads to banks, and then linking the banks to insurance. At some point, he was in charge of 100,000 miles of railroad and three insurance companies equaling more than a billion dollars in assets. Zinn mentions Morgan along with other big names because as the industry boomed, wealthy American businessmen, as called Robber barons, came into existence. They became most of the upper class, which the government pretended to have neutrality to maintain order for, but was really serving their interests. In other words, they somewhat marked a capitalist state.