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FSM Documents

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

LETTER FROM BERKELEY By Calvin Trillin Published originally in The New Yorker, March 13, 1965

The  conclusion of Mario Savio’s memorable speech, before Free Speech Movement demonstrators entered Sproul Hall to begin their sit-in on December 3, 1964

An article about Mario Savio appeared in the February 16, 1965 issue of Life Magazine (‘The university has become a factory”)

Several essays about the FSM from varying Leftist points of view

Margot Adler, “The Free Speech Movement”

A richly autobiographical account, woven from a freshwoman’s family letters and mature reflection, portraying the FSM as an early, vital episode in the education of a pagan feminist. (1964, 1996; 34 pp.)

Robert Hurwitt. “Present at the Birth: A Free Speech Movement Journal”

The detailed journals of a graduate student record his involvement during the early action (9/23-10/2) and climactic events (12/1-9). An evocative personal introduction and a very brief summary of the months between tie the entries together. (1964, 1984; 18 pp.)

Joel Pimsleur, “Inside Sproul Hall” as written to Ralph Gleason

A young reporter assigned to cover the Sproul Hall sit-in from inside writes about what he can’t report. (1964; 5 pp.)

Michael Rossman, “The Birth of the Free Speech Movement”

In a tape-recording made the next morning (10/3), a graduate student recounts the raw experience of the Police Car Sit-in, and recalls the developments leading to this crisis, launching the FSM’s historical project. (1964; 18 pp.)

SDS Documents

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Letter to the New Left. C. Wright Mills. New Left Review. No. 5, September-October 1960.

The Port Huron Statement By Tom Hayden, et al., 1961

The SDS Constitution, 1962

“Naming The System” Speech By Paul Potter

“Let Us Shape the Future” Speech by Carl Ogelsby

On Student Social Action, by Tom Hayden


You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows. New Left Notes/, June 18, 1969

RFK: The American Experience (Documentary)

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Featuring extensive interviews with family members, friends, journalists, Washington insiders, and civil rights activists, the film chronicles the pivotal role RFK played in many of the major events of the 1960s — the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam.

The film looks closely at Kennedy’s complicated relationships with some of the leading figures of his day, Martin Luther King and Lyndon B. Johnson, among them. And it reveals much about his personal world, his role as family mediator, his involvement with Marilyn Monroe, and his overwhelming grief and guilt following the assassination of his older brother.

Watch it on YouTube or at PBS

During his brother's 1960 presidential campaign, Robert Kennedy enjoys a light moment.

Read Robert Kennedy’s Kansas State University speech, in which he criticized the Johnson Administration¹s handling of the Vietnam War. As you read

Read What If?, historians and colleagues’ comments about what might have happened if Robert Kennedy had lived.

Sirhan Sirhan’s first public interview, with David Frost

American Girls Aren’t Radical Anymore

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Yeah, I read about dolls now. My new life. This is interesting…you know, symbolically and what not:

“Previously known as The American Girls Collection, indicating their core importance to the brand, dolls of previous eras have been officially renamed “Historical Characters” in order to give more attention to the customizable “My American Girl” (advertised as a doll that looks “just like you!”) and the annual “Girl of the Year.” These product lines offer blander avatars who reflect only the present time period and appearance of contemporary girls…
By contrast, the original dolls confronted some of the most heated issues of their respective times. In the book A Lesson for Samantha, she wins an essay contest at her elite academy with a pro-manufacturing message, but after conversations with Nellie, her best friend from a destitute background who has younger siblings working in brutal factory jobs, Samantha reverses course and ends us giving a speech against child labor in factories at the award ceremony…
Kirsten explored tensions between early pioneers and Native Americans. In Kirsten Learns a Lesson, the “lesson” may have been her introduction to manifest destiny…
With a greater focus on appearance, increasingly mild character development, and innocuous political topics, a former character-building toy has become more like a stylish accessory.”

Marissa Mayer Thinks Feminists Are a Drag. Is She Right?

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Mayer described feminists as women who are “militant” and have a “chip on the shoulder,” which struck me as a pretty unsophisticated portrait. But a few days later I am starting to reconsider. Maybe Mayer’s outdated stereotypes are distracting me from the more interesting question: If someone as smart and successful as Mayer, someone who tours the country speaking to young women, can’t comfortably call herself a feminist, then maybe we need to take her objection seriously. Maybe there is a reason why that PBS documentary was so much better on the history than it was on the modern era. Maybe feminism is a term too freighted with history and it’s time to move on.

RFK, MLK, My Lai and Apollo 8: a collection of stories about 1968.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

In the popular imagination, 1968 was marked by unusual turbulence and amazing music. Indeed, it began with the Battle of Khe Sanh and ended with the American debut of Led Zeppelin. Here are stories, speeches and transcripts that capture some of the magnificent craziness and creativity of that legendary year.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.

Ten Reasons To Worship Rebecca West

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

At one time, the novelist, critic, feminist, and troublemaker Rebecca West, whose birthday incidentally is on Friday, was considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. In 1947, her picture was on the cover of Time and her dazzling, ferocious prose was admired across the world; but now she is largely overlooked, underread, and out of print. Here, then, are 10 reasons to drop everything and read Rebecca West

Free to Be, 40 Years Later

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Forty years ago this November, an album appeared in stores that wanted to change all that. Free To Be … You and Me aimed to teach kids that boys and girls aren’t different at all: that every child, no matter which gender, can wear whatever, like whatever, behave however it wants. That every child can be free just to be.

Check out this 3 part album retrospective

Not A Feminist? Why Not?

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Writer Caitlin Moran believes most women who don’t want to be called feminists don’t really understand what feminism is. In her book How to Be a Woman, Moran poses these questions to women who are hesitant to identify as feminists:

What part of liberation for women is not for you? Is it the freedom to vote? The right not to be owned by the man that you marry? The campaign for equal pay? Vogue by Madonna? Jeans? Did all that stuff just get on your nerves?

In a conversation with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross, Moran talks about how women are pressured into Brazilian waxing and how humor is the sharpest weapon she has a writer.