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The Many Meanings of the FSM

Robert Cohen

in The Free Speech Movement

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222212
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928619 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222212.003.0001
The Many Meanings of the FSM

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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

Chapter.  26829 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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