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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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My Life in the FSM

My Life in the FSM

Memories of a Freshman

(p.111) My Life in the FSM
The Free Speech Movement

Margot Adler

University of California Press

This chapter elaborates on this chapter's author's experience as a student activist in the Free Speech Movement (FSM) at the University of California, Berkeley. It explains that joining the FSM was an obvious choice for her even as a freshman having already taken part in many political activities in her home state in New York. It discusses the early activities of the FSM, her participation in the Sproul Plaza rally, and her later experience in jail. It describes her feeling of ecstasy at the sense of community bonding and collective power followed by a sense of total powerlessness. The FSM asked for students' rights as citizens, argued for self-directed education, and helped to usher in a whole decade of experimentation.

Keywords:   student activist, FSM, Sproul Plaza, rally, community bonding, collective power, students' rights, self-directed education, University of California, Berkeley

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