My group presented our paper project. The Prezi powerpoint presentation seemed to be slow but after I remembered my login information, it ran smoothly. There was some previous miscommunication within my group about when to meet to work on the presentation but ultimately was not an issue. We were the fourth group to present our presentation for the class period so it was not as nerve-wracking and stressful as it could have been.
I enjoyed being able to interview Alan Canfora and working with my group, when able to, with the project. Everyone focused on finding information on their assigned part and meshed well together when the final project was complete. Looking for an appropriate representation of the legacy that Kent State still has on America today was somewhat difficult but was a good experience to have. Something interesting about history is how one event so many years ago is still seen through people’s actions in contemporary society. That is something that the project showed. In the case of Kent State, there are still evidence of police and law-enforcement that act out of power instead of reason. Even if someone was throwing rocks at the National Guardsmen at Kent State, the solution should never have been to open fire unless the students had opened fire on the Guardsmen first.
In 1974, the war in I Corps erupted, the fighting led to the next big attack in the spring of 1975. This fighting heavily favored the north as the terrain would heavily favor the attackers. The region in which the fighting would take place was poor economically, but in spite of this, it was still of second greatest importance to the south, only behind Saigon. This was because of the attachment that Hue had to it, along with the deep-water harbor in Danang.
The North Vietnamese were previously held back from lack of roads, which kept them from creating favorable military advantages. However, the North Vietnamese had developed a road network out of the area they had captured in 1972. This would allow mass troops to form along with multiple supply stations in Corps I. The South Vietnamese would be at a disadvantage before the first shots were even fired. This, along with U.S. aid cuts greatly reducing firepower made for a deadly combination for the South Vietnamese army. In spite of an absence of sufficient ammunition of food and ammunition, the North Vietnamese continued their dominance of South Vietnam, as they grabbed loose South Vietnamese weapons and took food from the locals.
With the war looking grim for the South, President Thieu took action on March 25th to defend the remaining areas the South still had control of, no matter what the cost. He believed it was necessary to protect the coastal strip that existed from Binh Dinh province through Tuy Hoa down to Nha Trang. The recent dismantling of the groups on Route 7B made this task look extremely unlikely. The Communists would attack before Thieu had a chance to rebuild forces and morale.
On April 1st, the South Vietnamese were under a full-scale assault by the North Vietnamese. Despite a valiant effort by the South, on the morning of April 3rd the North captured Cam Ranh, and later that day would go on to capture the large military port at Cam Rahn. Instead of sending his soldiers to the next city in line, he immediately set his aims on Saigon.
I am focusing on the paper and gathering all my resources together. I have been thinking about what direction I want my paper to go. The information that my group got from interviews shared and what sources I found will help. Before starting the paper, I will do the work cited page. Then jump into writing the paper.
Like many other college students, I worried over other papers and projects that were due before this one. I am going to start with some basic information on the Kent State shootings in the first few paragraphs after the introduction. Then I plan to discuss how its legacy is shown through anti-government protests, including anti-war protests when appropriate.
The group that I am in presents our assignment to the class on the third of December. While doing my paper and looking through my research, I am also going to work on putting a presentation together and sifting through all of the pictures I found to pick one iconic picture that can be compared to John Filo’s Kent State Shooting with Mary Vecchio in it.