Mario Savio and Berkeley’s “Little Free Speech Movement” of 1966

Robert Cohen

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:
Mario Savio and Berkeley’s “Little Free Speech Movement” of 1966

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This chapter focuses on Mario Savio's “little free speech movement” at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1966. It explains that this protest was in objection to Chancellor Roger Heyns' attempt to move the free speech area away from a central campus location and relegate it to more secluded spot, a relatively isolated outdoor dining area which the student activists called the pit. It analyzes this little known movement in order to determine the Free Speech Movement's (FSM) enduring impact on the Berkeley campus and on Savio himself.

Keywords: Mario Savio; free speech movement; University of California; Berkeley; Roger Heyns; FSM

Chapter.  18203 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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