My Life in the FSM

Margot Adler

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:
My Life in the FSM

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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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Subjects: History of the Americas

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