Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Pat White, November 16th, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Atmosphere at the University of Kentucky circa 1970

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Partial Transcript: --on the anthropology professor?

Segment Synopsis: Pat White talks about the spring of 1970 and his involvement in the anti-war demonstrations at the University of Kentucky. He talks about the atmosphere on campus around that time.

Keywords: Cambodian-Vietnamese Conflict, 1977-1991.; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.; Politics; Students for a Democratic Society (U.S.); Vietnam War, 1961-1975

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations; College campuses; College environment; College students--Political activity.; College teachers--Political activity; Demonstrations.; Student movements.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky

00:06:47 - Demonstrations and teaching

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Partial Transcript: You said earlier you said something about, uh, there was a demonstration in one of your classes?

Segment Synopsis: White talks about a memorable experience he had while teaching in his lecture hall and trying to promote discussion with his students.

Keywords: Actors; Apathy; Discussion; Education; Politics; Theater

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; College teachers--Political activity; College teaching.; Demonstrations.; Student movements.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:12:29 - Demonstrations at Patterson Office Tower

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Partial Transcript: What was the general reaction on campus of, of the protesters when hearing Kent State?

Segment Synopsis: White talks about the incidents that centered around the anti-war demonstrations at the University of Kentucky. Specifically he talks about the assembly of students in Patterson Office Tower and a peaceful march around campus.

Keywords: Emotions; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.; Learning; Peace; Police; Politics; Rhetoric; Riot control

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; College students--Political activity.; Demonstrations.; Student protesters; University of Kentucky

00:18:46 - Protest march

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Partial Transcript: You, um--I think they came back, by, uh, say the corner of Euclid and Rose--

Segment Synopsis: White talks about the student demonstrations and participating in the march as an observer. He talks about how he feels the university handled the situation.

Keywords: Crime; Judgments; Leadership; Neutrality; Politics; Safety

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; College administrators; College students--Political activity.; Demonstrations.; Student protesters; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:26:35 - Second protest march / National Guard on campus

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Partial Transcript: So when this, when this second march came along, this, um, this Kent State march, I went along.

Segment Synopsis: White talks about participating in the second march on campus and tells his side of the story. He also talks about the university's reaction to it and to student protests in the following days. Specifically, White mentions the forceful removal of students from campus by police using pepper spray.

Keywords: Arson; Fear; Fires; Pacifism; Pacifists; Public speaking; University of Kentucky

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; Campus violence; College administrators; College students--Political activity.; College teachers--Political activity; Demonstrations.; Riot control.; Riots.; Student protesters; United States--National Guard.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:38:22 - Arrests at protests

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Partial Transcript: I heard a rumor that, um, Happy Chandler's son was out that night and apparently others recruiting, uh, football players to act as riot police.

Segment Synopsis: White talks about the arrests made by the National Guard and police on campus, and his own arrest. He talks about how he and others reacted to the actions of the university and city.

Keywords: Demonstrations; Fear; Police; Public speaking

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations.; College administrators; College students--Political activity.; College teachers--Political activity; Student protesters; United States--National Guard.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:46:21 - Student protest movements

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Partial Transcript: What happened when Ailstein came down to, to bail you out? Did he--did you have any talks with him, or?

Segment Synopsis: White discusses the history of the student movements around campus and what happened to them after the demonstrations in the spring of 1970.

Keywords: Politics; Student movements; Women's rights

Subjects: College campuses.; College environment; College students--Political activity.; College students--Social conditions; Protest movements.; Student protesters; University of Kentucky