Letter to the Next Generation | Chicago Reader

Letter to the Next Generation

A watchable and interesting personal documentary by James Klein, the codirector (with Julia Reichert) of Union Maids and Seeing Red, about the lives and values of students at Kent State University and how they differ from those of Kent State students at the time of the 1970 killings. While none of the discoveries made by Klein are startling, the honesty and thoughtfulness of his investigation and his probing intelligence are apparent throughout. Not content with a simplistic contrast between the political commitments of the 60s and the preoccupations with business and self-interest of the present, he digs deeper and comes up with some interesting observations, including some ideas about how and why historical events are remembered or forgotten. He also finds freshmen and sophomores at present-day Kent more politically involved than juniors and seniors.

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