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The FSM and the Vision of a New Left

Jeff Lustig

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/9780520222212.003.0014
The FSM and the Vision of a New Left

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This chapter describes this chapter's author's experiences in participating in the Free Speech Movement (FSM) at the University of California, Berkeley, and his opinion concerning the role of the FSM in the New Left. It argues that the reason the FSM and other early sixties' movements eluded the usual categories is that they were crucibles of a new kind of radicalism, seedbeds of a new Left. It highlights the achievement of the FSM in running the writ of the First Amendment to the Berkeley campus and changing the identity of American college students in the process.

Keywords: FSM; University of California; Berkeley; New Left; radicalism; First Amendment; American college students

Chapter.  6138 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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