At Berkeley in the Sixties 1961-1965

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This book is a memoir and a history of Berkeley in the early Sixties. As a young undergraduate, Jo Freeman was a key participant in the growth of social activism at the University of California, Berkeley. The story is told with the "you are there" immediacy of Freeman the undergraduate but is put into historical and political context by Freeman the scholar, 35 years later. It draws heavily on documents created at the time—letters, reports, interviews, memos, newspaper stories, FBI files—but is fleshed out with retrospective analysis. As events unfold, the campus conflicts of the Sixties take on a completely different cast, one that may surprise many readers.

Indiana University Press

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Only 16 at the time, Freeman entered Berkeley in 1961, when the nascent social and political activism of the '60s was percolating. In prose that is by turns pedantic and moving, Freeman revisits her journey through those swirling, exciting and disillusioning times. Using her own diaries and letters as well as FBI files and other documentary sources, Freeman switches back and forth between her recollections and her more measured observations as a scholar reflecting on these times. Wide-eyed at 16, Freeman read all she could find on the various movements on campus and plunged into her studies to gain a broader understanding of the world around her. Witnessing segregation in the South while active in the Civil Rights movement, she became disillusioned with Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy for claiming that he had desegregated all Southern bus stations. Freeman moved on to a leadership role in the free speech movement, which sponsored Malcolm X as well as Ralph Forbes, a leader of the American Nazi Party, to speak on campus. Committed as she was to her causes, Freeman reveals her very real fear of being arrested for the first time. She honestly admits that the free speech movement, like many other '60s movements, was run mostly by men, and that the emerging women's liberation movement had little effect on gender equality. Breezy and anecdotal, on one hand, and scholarly and dry, on the other, Freeman's account provides yet another glimpse of one ordinary person's experience in the extraordinary '60s working to make a better world. 12 b&w photos. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253216229
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Note on Nomenclature
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 The Train to Berkeley 1
2 Cal 6
3 Politics and the University 11
4 SLATE 14
5 Exploring the Political Bazaar 22
6 The Young Democrats 29
7 Student 34
8 Protest 39
9 Summer Vacation in Washington, D.C. 46
10 Crossing the Line 49
11 The Speaker Ban 53
12 The SLATE Supplement 63
13 Fair Housing 68
14 Mexico and Central America 73
15 The House on Parker Street 79
16 The Assassination of JFK 83
17 The Bay Area Civil Rights Movement 84
18 On Civil Disobedience 90
19 The Sheraton-Palace 94
20 Auto Row 101
21 Clogging the Courts 107
22 On Trial 110
23 Freedom Summer 117
24 Summer Session 121
25 Hitchhiking 127
26 The Democratic Convention 132
27 New York City 137
28 First Week of the Fall Semester 140
29 Eviction! 144
30 Who Done It? 151
31 Capturing the Car 153
32 Strongwalled 158
33 The October 2nd Pact 160
34 The FSM Is Born 169
35 Sparring 174
36 Energy 177
37 Escalation 182
38 The "Right Wing" Revolt 184
39 The Secret Negotiations 190
40 Changes 193
41 Mutual Misconceptions 194
42 The Heyman Committee Report 199
43 The Regents Meet 201
44 The Abortive Sit-In 203
45 Resurrection 206
46 The Real Sit-In 209
47 Strike! 213
48 Victory 219
49 Intermission 224
50 FUCK 230
51 The Trial 237
52 On Regents and Rules 244
53 The State Legislature 250
54 Graduation 256
55 The FBI Files 261
56 Aftermath, Afterword, and Afterthoughts 269
Notes 287
References and Sources 329
Index 345
About the Author 358
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    At Berkeley in the Sixties is a Winner!

    At Berkeley in the Sixties captures the essence of the FSM. I was a graduate student in Forestry at Berkeley from 1962 to 1965. I was not an activist but I followed many of the activities of the FSM. For me the most dramatic event was Mario Savio, an activist leader, being dragged off the stage by police at the Greek Theater in front of thousands of disbelieving students and faculty. It was high drama at its best. Jo Freeman does a masterful job of detailing the struggle between the students and the establishment. The book is a great read.

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