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By Jo Freeman

This publication is a memoir and a historical past of Berkeley within the early Sixties. As a tender undergraduate, Jo Freeman was once a key player within the progress of social activism on the collage of California, Berkeley. the tale is advised with the ""you are there"" immediacy of Freeman the undergraduate yet is placed into ancient and political context by means of Freeman the coed, 35 years later. It attracts seriously on files created on the time--letters, experiences, interviews, memos, newspaper tales, FBI files--but is fleshed out with retrospective research. As occasions spread, the campus conflicts of the Sixties tackle a totally diversified forged, one who may well shock many readers.

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Some of the students who would join TASC had persuaded the administration to modify 17 in 1957 so that “off-campus student groups” could hold special meetings on campus to listen to suitable speakers approved by the administration, but this small gain had required a major effort. SLATE sought to increase the pressure for change through public action. In March of 1959, it asked permission to hold a rally at Wheeler Oak, which grew in Dwinelle Plaza near the bridge, to support a fair housing ordinance then on the Berkeley ballot and to protest the University Housing Of¤ce’s listing of rental units for students that were only available to whites.

The group deliberately misrepresents facts, opposes any kind of cooperation, fosters con®ict, and seems to be systematically seeking means to embarrass the administration,” he stated on October 1, 1958. The Daily Cal was also hostile. ” Criticism heightened student interest in SLATE. 5 For the next several years, SLATE membership averaged a few hundred students, of which thirty to forty came to meetings regularly. There were usually about a dozen active leaders. Roughly 850 students joined SLATE at one time or another.

They denounced the Democratic and Republican parties as two sides of the same capitalistic coin. 5 BASCAHUAC, the Bay Area Students’ Committee against the House Un-American Activities Committee, had the most sonorous name, though I never found out exactly what it did besides sell pamphlets calling for the abolition of HUAC. In 1938, Congress had formed a temporary committee to investigate subversive propaganda. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) became permanent in 1945. In the next ¤fteen years, it spent $5 million of the taxpayers’ money to pay for 55 staff members, 5,000 subpoenas, and 50,000 published pages of hearings and reports.

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