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The Free Speech MovementReflections on Berkeley in the 1960s$
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Robert Cohen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520222212

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520222212.001.0001

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The Many Meanings of the FSM

The Many Meanings of the FSM

In Lieu of an Introduction

(p.1) The Many Meanings of the FSM
The Free Speech Movement

Robert Cohen

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the contents of this book and the many meanings of the Free Speech Movement (FSM). It explains that this book would never have been written if not for Mario Savio, who played a key role in leading the FSM to victory in its struggle to end the restrictions the University of California in Berkeley had placed on campus political activity. It discusses the polemical edge to many of the memoirs presented in this volume and the contrast between these passionate participant accounts and the more staid essays by historians. It highlights the need for historians to probe the memories and documents of FSM events and to begin to draw their own conclusions about that revolt's historical significance in order to advance our understanding of the militant student protest of the 1960s.

Keywords:   FSM, Mario Savio, University of California, campus political activity, historians, militant student protests

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