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ERIC Number: ED556071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 446
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3035-4441-5
The Silent Campus Speaks: North Carolina State University and the National Student Protest, May 1970
Broadhurst, Christopher James
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, North Carolina State University
May 1970 became a pivotal moment in higher education. In that month, the backlash over two events, the announcement of the American invasion of Cambodia and the National Guard killing four Kent State University students protesting that military offensive, triggered the largest student protest in history. Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of students protested on hundreds of campuses. The scale of the reactions shocked America. This work explores the development of a student protest subculture at North Carolina State University and connects the campus's outburst of student activism to the national student protests of May 1970. The images from campuses such as Berkeley, Wisconsin, or Columbia during the late 1960s has helped propagate the myth that student activism dominated college life in the period. While some campuses, particularly elite universities, did possess active protest cultures, many of the nation's colleges and universities leaned more toward conservatism. Yet even on these conservative campuses, as the 60s progressed, student activism began to gain a stronger presence. Students increasingly voiced their concerns over national issues, such as civil rights or the Vietnam War, and challenged long-standing doctrines of "in loco parentis." By placing one campus, North Carolina State University, within the broader national context, this research explores how students began voicing their views on a traditionally conservative southern campus, culminating with thousands expressing their outrage over the slaying of students at Kent State. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; North Carolina; Ohio