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Student strike, Colby College, 1970

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Student strike, Colby College, 1970 / Colby College Special Collections

Chapter 11, page 346-347.

Following the example of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement, students held anti-war rallies, marches, and demonstrations on campuses throughout the country. This image was taken at Colby College in Waterville during a student strike in 1970.

During the spring of 1970, some campus political demonstrations became violent. On May 4, National Guaaurdsmen shot and killed four college students at a rally at Kent State University in Ohio. Some people reacted with all-night vigils, special workshops, and by flying flags at half-staff on high school and college campuses.

Senators Muskie and Smith spoke at Colby the week following the Kent State shootings. Muskie, who was clearly favored by the students, spoke out against the war. Smith, on the other hand, defended president President Richard Nixon's military policy.