The FSM, Berkeley Politics, and Ronald Reagan

W. J. Rorabaugh

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:
The FSM, Berkeley Politics, and Ronald Reagan

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This chapter examines the impact of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement (FSM) on California politics and on the political career of Ronald Reagan. It describes the role of the FSM in Robert Scheer's anti-Vietnam War congressional campaign in 1966 and in African American Ron Dellums' election to the Berkeley city council in 1967 and to Congress in 1970. It also explains how Ronald Reagan used the “mess” in Berkeley to propel himself into the governorship. It argues that the politics spawned by the FSM enabled both radicals and conservatives to thrive in different venues.

Keywords: FSM; politics; California; Ronald Reagan; Robert Scheer; Ron Dellums; radicals; conservatives

Chapter.  3567 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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