Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Joseph T. Burch, November 14th, 1980

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

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Partial Transcript: --view with Joe Burch.

Segment Synopsis: Joseph T. Burch talks about what it was like working at the University of Kentucky before and during the anti-war demonstrations in the spring of 1970. He talks about his employment at the University of Kentucky and the events that lead up to the demonstrations.

Keywords: Anti-war demonstrations; Freedom of speech; Mood (Psychology); Police; Training; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Subjects: College environment; College students--Political activity.; Diplomatic protests; Management.; Peace movements.; Universities and colleges--Employees

00:06:55 - Opinions on campus protests

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Partial Transcript: What were your feelings, um, your personal feelings, and maybe the mood on campus, after Nixon anv--uh, announced the Cambodian invasion and then the deaths at Kent State?

Segment Synopsis: Burch talks about his own personal feelings towards the protests across the nation, and more specifically the protests at the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Dr. Otis A. Singletary; Emotions; Government property; National Guard; Police; Public speaking; Threat (Psychology)

Subjects: Anti-War demonstrations; College environment; College students--Political activity.; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.; Protest movements.; Student protesters

GPS: Kent State University, Kent (Ohio)
Map Coordinates: 41.149063, -81.34146499999997
00:14:49 - Assistance from the city and state

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Partial Transcript: And what type of assistance are you talking about?

Segment Synopsis: Burch talks about his interactions with the city and state government, and their cooperation to ensure the safety of the campus and its students.

Keywords: Arrests; Legal counseling; Provocation; United States. Army. Reserve Officers' Training Corps.

Subjects: Anti-war demonstrations; Arson.; Protest movements.; Riot control.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:20:58 - National Guard involvement

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Partial Transcript: Uh, were, uh, were you or anyone else on the university campus, that you know of, responsible for asking or requesting the National Guard to be brought on campus?

Segment Synopsis: Burch talks about how he and President Singletary handled the gathering of students and the environment on campus as the National Guard was called in and the protests continued.

Keywords: Anti-war demonstrations; Curfews; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970.; National Guard; Peace movements; Police; Threat (Psychology); Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

Subjects: College administrators; College campuses; College environment; College presidents; College students--Political activity.; Government property.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Safety measures.; Universities and colleges--Security measures

00:28:05 - Varying perspectives on the protests

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Partial Transcript: There have been some accusations by a handful of students that the presence of additional police forces on campus actually helped provoke whatever violence there was.

Segment Synopsis: Burch analyzes and discusses the issues faced by both the police and the protesters. He talks about how protests were handled at the University of Kentucky compared to other protests throughout the state. He also talks about the importance of perspective in viewing any given event.

Keywords: Causation; Emotions; History; Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970; Management; National Guard; Perception; Protest movements; Provocation; Public opinion; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Violence

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