Download PDF by Jo Freeman: At Berkeley in the Sixties: The Education of an Activist,

By Jo Freeman

ISBN-10: 0253110629

ISBN-13: 9780253110626

ISBN-10: 025334283X

ISBN-13: 9780253342836

This booklet 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 college of California, Berkeley. the tale is instructed with the ""you are there"" immediacy of Freeman the undergraduate yet is placed into ancient and political context through Freeman the coed, 35 years later. It attracts seriously on files created on the time--letters, studies, interviews, memos, newspaper tales, FBI files--but is fleshed out with retrospective research. As occasions spread, the campus conflicts of the Sixties tackle a very assorted forged, person who might shock many readers.

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Our classrooms were barracks, but the grounds were spacious and had a lot of facilities, such as a swimming pool, that were not present at the usual high school. A. from the University of Southern California on the GI Bill, taking me with her to class. I went to college before I went to kindergarten. She revered education. That’s why she sent me to Berkeley, the largest and most prestigious campus of the University of California, despite my youth. 1 The California public colleges traditionally admitted everyone who was eligible and did not charge tuition to residents.

However, California was run by Republicans, so Democratic leaders welcomed new blood. 2 Of¤cial political parties were weak in California as a result of legislation passed in the Progressive Era. Cross-¤ling was a legacy of Governor Hiram Johnson (1911–1916). After running for vice president with Theodore Roosevelt on the 1912 Progressive Party ticket, he engineered cross-¤ling through the legislature so he could run for the Senate in 1916 as the candidate of both the Progressive and Republican Parties.

I offered to answer the questions of those who opened the door and said if I didn’t know the answer I would go get my mother. Since she had trained me well and few voters asked complicated questions, I seldom had to do this. In the ’56 campaign I had my own precincts, speci¤cally the ones in our Van Nuys neighborhood of two-bedroom tract homes and created my own—temporary—political organization. I rode my bike with a basket full of campaign literature to each street and paid local kids a nickel each to lit-drop the block.

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