College and University Campus Protests | History of SC Slide Collection

The Vietnam War inspired student protests against U.S. actions on many college and university campuses, which often ended in violence between student protestors and campus or local municipal police. The University of South Carolina did not experience the degree of violence that many campuses faced. The combination of a number of student concerns, including opposition to the war and reaction to events on other campuses, such as the death of four students at Kent State University in Ohio, led to a series of student protests in May of 1970. Here, USC students listen to speeches by activists arrested after a "teach-in" at the Russell House. One student wears a gas mask in protest.

Courtesy of "The State" newspaper.