Award Date

1-1-2000

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Studies

First Committee Member

Richard Jensen

Number of Pages

148

Abstract

On May 4, 1970, four students were killed and nine injured on the campus of Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard. This study examines and utilizes Braden's theory on myths to structure and analyze the rhetoric relevant to the myths, memorials and commemorations for the students killed and injured at Kent State University. This exploratory process focused on the events from 1970 until the present. The research was conducted through personal interviews with eyewitnesses, wounded victims, and friends of the deceased. The review of books, academic articles on social movements, newspaper and news magazine articles were studied to further explore the social and cultural environment at the time of the shootings. This analysis substantiates the societal significance of myths, memorials and commemorations, and indicates a lack in communication contributed to the outcome on May 4, 1970.

Keywords

Commemorations; Kent; May; Memorials; Myths; Ohio; Shootings; State; Thirty; University; Years

Controlled Subject

Mass media; Rhetoric

File Format

pdf

File Size

3174.4 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/imrt-l1l0


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