Interview with James Bronson Rozier, November 7, 1978

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

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James Bronson Rozier came to the University of Kentucky in 1969 as a freshman political science major. Rozier describes the broad range of people who were interested and concerned about the war in Vietnam. He believes that about a third of the students on campus were considered protesters. Around 1970, Rozier joined the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), and later the Student Mobilization Committee (SMC). He was extremely active with the demonstrations and marches on campus.

Rozier describes the general feeling on campus after President Richard M. Nixon sent troops into Cambodia in April of 1970 as well as the outrage felt after the Kent State University killings. He discusses the sense of urgency he felt and describes a march on UK's campus held right after these events. Rozier recalls being arrested for throwing a rock through a window. He also recalls the burning of the old ROTC building.

Rozier believes that the `60s radicalized people in general. He states that these ideas have expanded into women's rights and the labor movements. He recalls that one of the worst aspects of the peace movement was the frustration that he and others felt when the government would not respond. Yet Rozier states that he was very impressed with how people could come together and become a powerful group.

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1979oh117_af095

Interviewee Name

James Bronson Rozier

Interviewer Name

John Jason Peter

Interview Date

1978-11-07

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Rozier, James Bronson Interview by John Jason Peter. 07 Nov. 1978. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Rozier, J.B. (1978, November 07). 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.

Rozier, James Bronson, interview by John Jason Peter. November 07, 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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