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Radicals in the HeartlandThe 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois$
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Michael V. Metz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001

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May: The Final Month

May: The Final Month

(p.202) Chapter 35 May: The Final Month
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

The end of the Illinois student movement came wrapped in the intertwined issues of the day, race and war, when first, a young black man named Edgar Hoults was fatally shot in the back by Champaign police, and then next day, President Richard Nixon announced an invasion of the sovereign state of Cambodia. Hoults was guilty of having an expired driver’s license, Cambodia of harboring North Vietnamese. Champaign community leaders demanded an explanation from police, U.S. congressmen demanded one from the president, and neither received satisfaction. Four days later Ohio National Guardsmen shot and killed four protesters at Kent State.

Keywords:   Edgar Hoults, Richard Nixon, Cambodian invasion, Follett’s Bookstore, Fred Eastman, hollow-point dumdum bullets, Senator William Fulbright, Kent State killings

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