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Berkeley, California stood on the middle of the political, social, and cultural upheaval that made the Nineteen Sixties a different interval in American heritage. In Berkeley at warfare, W.J. Rorabaugh, who attended the graduate institution of the collage of California at Berkeley within the Seventies, offers a full of life, informative account of the occasions that modified perpetually what had as soon as been a quiet, conservative white suburb.Rorabaughs meticulously researched, authoritative narrative covers the whole interval, from the increase of the loose Speech circulation to the expansion and extending militance of a black neighborhood suffering to finish segregation; from the emergence of radicalism and the anti-war stream to the blossoming quot;hippiequot; tradition; and from the explosive clash over Peoples Park to the beginnings of modern day feminism and environmentalism. a useful account of its time and position, Berkeley at conflict anchors the sixties in American historical past, either prior to and because that colourful decade.

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The atmosphere was congenial, relaxed, and partylike. A few smoked pot, and two female students were said to have lost their virginity on the roof. The leaders used walkie-talkies to WHITE 33 discipline their followers. The students installed their own public address system to broadcast to passersby and the press. Some brought sleeping bags and prepared to settle down for the night, or perhaps for several nights, while others expected the police to attack with tear gas at any moment. , after a good many of the demonstrators had gone to sleep, Edward W.

This trend may have been related to the greater intellectual maturity of students. One professor claimed that the freshmen of the sixties knew more than the graduate students of the forties. University admissions were more selective; students, brighter and better prepared. Yet another influence toward autonomy was the sense that the hysteria of the McCarthy years had passed; perhaps, now, it was safe to act alone. As a consequence, however, isolation and alienation increased. " Nor was the sense of independence aided by the bureaucratic nature of the University.

In an alcove on the second floor, food was prepared, while elsewhere students watched old Charlie Chaplin films, studied for exams, held a Chanukah service, or sang folk songs. The atmosphere was congenial, relaxed, and partylike. A few smoked pot, and two female students were said to have lost their virginity on the roof. The leaders used walkie-talkies to WHITE 33 discipline their followers. The students installed their own public address system to broadcast to passersby and the press. Some brought sleeping bags and prepared to settle down for the night, or perhaps for several nights, while others expected the police to attack with tear gas at any moment.

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