Mike Greenblatt: ‘True American martyrs for peaceful protest’

When I was researching for my Woodstock book Back To Yasgur’s Farm, I came across information that in 1969 New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller wanted to call in the National Guard to disperse the 500,000 of us at the butt of a rifle.

Imagine if he had?

The lessons learned from Nixon’s Kent State mistake should never be forgotten. Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox Schroeder and Sandra Lee Scheuer are names that should be taught in schoolbooks forevermore as true American martyrs for peaceful protest.

Mike Greenblatt is a music journalist and the author of Back To Yasgur’s Farm.

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