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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 FSM, Berkeley Politics, and Ronald Reagan

The FSM, Berkeley Politics, and Ronald Reagan

(p.511) The FSM, Berkeley Politics, and Ronald Reagan
The Free Speech Movement

W. J. Rorabaugh

University of California Press

This chapter examines the impact of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (FSM) on California politics and on the political career of Ronald Reagan. It describes the role of the FSM in Robert Scheer's anti-Vietnam War congressional campaign in 1966 and in African American Ron Dellums' election to the Berkeley city council in 1967 and to Congress in 1970. It also explains how Ronald Reagan used the “mess” in Berkeley to propel himself into the governorship. It argues that the politics spawned by the FSM enabled both radicals and conservatives to thrive in different venues.

Keywords:   FSM, politics, California, Ronald Reagan, Robert Scheer, Ron Dellums, radicals, conservatives

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