Interview with Otis A. Singletary, August 9, 1988



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In this interview, Singletary continues with a discussion of the University of Kentucky during the academic year of 1969-1970. In May of 1970, President Richard M. Nixon ordered U.S. combat troops into Cambodia, and this action led to violent student demonstrations at several universities across the country. At U.K. students began protesting after four students protesters were killed at Kent State University by Ohio National Guard troops. Singletary discusses the impact that this had on the students, as well as the environment on campus as tensions grew. Singletary believes that everyone at U.K. disliked the presence of Kentucky National Guard troops, who were ordered to campus by Governor Louie B. Nunn. At a board meeting the day after the Kent State Massacre, students came and vented their frustrations. Singletary discusses an encounter between A.B. "Happy" Chandler, then a board member, and a student. Singletary gives his reaction to this confrontation, as well as an opinion on the way Chandler was dealing with things. He discusses the faculty's broad range of attitudes toward what was occurring on campus. He mentions briefly the atmosphere on the Transylvania University campus and later discusses the courtroom environment during legal proceedings.

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1988oh123_oas012
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1988-08-09
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