Academic journal article Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Teaching History: A Journal of Methods

Letter to the Editor

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The Fall 1999 issue of Teaching History (pp. 103-104) included Kelly A. Woestman's review of Four Dead in Ohio: Was There a Conspiracy at Kent State? by William A. Gordon. In the following letter, Gordon offers his counterpoint to the Woestman review.

Woestman chose not to deliver a response to Gordon's criticisms.

December 9, 1999

Editor:

Kelly A. Woestman's review of my book, Four Dead in Ohio: Was There A Conspiracy at Kent State?, is riddled with sloppy errors. For example, she writes that I claimed "that no history professor at Kent State would even discuss the tragedy with him." To set the record straight, I interviewed plenty of Kent State professors. What I actually wrote is that a sociology professor who brags that he is Kent State's leading expert on the tragedy was so threatened by my book that in his desperation to find something wrong with it, told me: "I could not put it down," followed by his inane comment: "I like dry, analytical stuff. …

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