When the FSM Disturbed the Faculty Peace

Leon Wofsy

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:
When the FSM Disturbed the Faculty Peace

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This chapter describes the author's experience in the Free Speech Movement (FSM) as a faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley. It explains that the author came to Berkeley less than two months before the great free speech rebellion began and the administration saw his appointment as a subversive ruse because of his Communist background and radical organizing experience as a youth. It discusses his meeting with Mario Savio and other student leaders of the FSM and relates how the faculty related to the FSM and to the student upheavals of the sixties.

Keywords: faculty member; FSM; University of California; Berkeley; Communist background; free speech rebellion; radical organizing experience; Mario Savio; student upheavals

Chapter.  5460 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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