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On the Side of the Angels

Reginald E. Zelnik

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/9780520222212.003.0016
On the Side of the Angels

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This chapter describes experience in the Free Speech Movement (FSM) as member of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley. It argues that simply looking at the division of the Berkeley faculty into two polarized factions can do justice to the historical reality of the fall of 1964 and the author of this chapter relates his story as member of the pro-FSM Committee of 200. The chapter suggests that the larger story of faculty involvement in free speech and academic freedom issues at Berkeley dates back at least to the bitter loyalty oath controversy of 1949–1950.

Keywords: faculty; FSM; University of California; Berkeley; Committee of 200; pro-FSM; faculty involvement; free speech; academic freedom; loyalty oath

Chapter.  37615 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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