Important Role of former Nazis in Eastern Germany." 

November 21, 1950
Central Files Decimal Number 762B.00

President's Commission on Campus Unrest: Antiwar Protest and the Jackson State University Shootings


This collection contains various  documentation and reportings on the controversial Jackson State University Shootings during 1970.  

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Date Range: 1970
Content: 20,000 pages
Source Library: US National Archives


On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the United States invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. Shortly after midnight, the police opened fire, killing two students and injuring twelve. The President's Commission on Campus Unrest investigated this event and also held public hearings. There were no arrests in connection with the deaths at Jackson State, although the Commission concluded “that the 28-second fusillade from police officers was an unreasonable, unjustified overreaction...A broad barrage of gunfire in response to reported and unconfirmed sniper fire is never warranted.” These records provide witness statements and testimony collected by the President’s Commission.


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