Interview with Joseph H. Gardner, November 14, 1978

Project: University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project

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Joseph H. Gardner, a UK faculty member, recalls the events leading up to the burning of the ROTC building in 1970. Gardner came to UK in the fall of 1966 to teach English, and was a young professor in 1970. He recalls his shock when he heard of the tragedy at Kent State University where student protestors were killed by Ohio National Guard troops. He describes UK students' attempts to invade a UK Board of Trustee meeting the day after the tragedy. He discusses the attempts of the campus police to disperse the students. Gardner also talks about a rally later that evening during which symbolic coffins were carried. Gardner describes his personal feelings about the deaths at Kent State. He recalls the burning of the ROTC building on campus and describes the reaction when Governor Louie B. Nunn sent National Guard troops to campus. He discusses attempts by faculty members to protect students and their decisions to cancel finals that spring.

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1979oh118_af096

Interviewee Name

Joseph H. Gardner

Interviewer Name

John Jason Peter

Interview Date

1978-11-14

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Gardner, Joseph H. Interview by John Jason Peter. 14 Nov. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Gardner, J.H. (1978, November 14). Interview by J. J. Peter. University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Gardner, Joseph H., interview by John Jason Peter. November 14, 1978, University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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