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In the Fall of 2022, Matt Jones’s Oral History Techniques class conducted a set of interviews documenting the stories behind the student unrest on Eastern Michigan University’s campus from 1966-1972. Dennis Hertel was an EMU student in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Vice President of the student body, and president of the student senate, Hertel was involved in making important decisions regarding the status of student unrest and upset with EMU administration. He would go on to be a United States congressman.

Interview Date

Winter 12-5-2022


Eastern Michigan University, EMU Archives, EMU Oral History Program, Student Activism, Civil Rights, Kent State, Protests, Ypsilanti, congress, Vietnam war

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Dennis Hertel, Oral History Interview, 2022