Protests at Home during the Vietnam War

Aftermath of the Kent State Massacre

The Pulitzer Prize winning photo taken by John Filo after the Kent State Massacre.

Protests in the United States took many shapes. They began in force on college campuses, but rapidly spread across the nation as public opinion of the war soured. As the war progressed, and as the United States expanded its involvement, the protests would quickly turn deadly. On May 4, 1970, the protests at Kent State University in Ohio turned deadly, as the National Guard opened fire, killing 4 students and injuring 9 more. These killings would be the spark that ignited the only student strike in American history, and further swung public opinion towards anti-war sentiments.

Protests at Home during the Vietnam War