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Constitutionally Interpreting the FSM Controversy

Robert Post

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/9780520222212.003.0021
Constitutionally Interpreting the FSM Controversy

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This chapter offers an interpretation of the Free Speech Movement (FSM) in the context of the U.S. constitution. It explains that the regulations of the University of California, Berkeley, did not offer any specific guidance on how the university can override First Amendment rights in order to fulfil its responsibilities as an educational institution. It suggests that the legendary struggle of 1964 fundamentally altered the concept of the university, and such political freedoms as we now enjoy derive from that transformation.

Keywords: FSM; U.S. constitution; university regulations; University of California; Berkeley; First Amendment rights; political freedoms

Chapter.  9773 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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