By W.J. Rorabaugh
Berkeley, California stood on the middle of the political, social, and cultural upheaval that made the Nineteen Sixties a distinct interval in American background. In Berkeley at warfare, W.J. Rorabaugh, who attended the graduate university of the collage of California at Berkeley within the Seventies, provides a full of life, informative account of the occasions that modified without end what had as soon as been a quiet, conservative white suburb. Rorabaugh's meticulously researched, authoritative narrative covers the total interval, from the increase of the unfastened Speech circulate to the expansion and lengthening militance of a black neighborhood suffering to finish segregation; from the emergence of radicalism and the anti-war circulate to the blossoming "hippie" tradition; and from the explosive clash over People's Park to the beginnings of modern day feminism and environmentalism. a useful account of its time and position, Berkeley at warfare anchors the sixties in American heritage, either sooner than and because that colourful decade.
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Extra info for Berkeley at War: The 1960s
Although the administration was closemouthed, leaks occurred, and the activists knew a sit-in would be crushed. The FSM leaders never tried to keep their plans secret, and they freely consulted both with the local clergy, whom they knew to be informants for the administration, and with the ASUC officers, who purposely undercut the FSM. The activists would have been less pleased to have learned that a campus policeman attended their planning meeting on December 1, 1964. At this meeting the FSM leaders declared their intention to create as massive a sit-in as possible, both to show the size and depth of their support and to humiliate Kerr.
Or perhaps they did not fit into the machinery, that is, were impotent? " What was the result? He declared, "The University is well structured, well tooled, to turn out people with all the sharp edges worn off. . "In other words, the University emasculated students. " By talking about politics in this fashion, Savio guaranteed an attentive audience. Few students cared about political rights, but many felt alienated, and no males wanted to be emasculated. At one rally Savo noted, "The Bible says what knowledge is when it writes that a man knows a woman.
Kerr, on the other hand, was as unready to do battle as a southern sheriff facing a civil rights march for the first time. Again and again, Kerr showed that he understood nothing about his opponents' tactics. Finally, activist leaders knew how to maintain discipline over their troops. Mass psychology, song, theater, and other techniques long favored among revivalists and street politicians accompanied innovative mass meetings at which people freely spoke and at which collective decisions were made by a kind of consensus that came WHITE 21 to be called participatory democracy.