Introduction: Reinvigorating the Spirit of ’64

  • Tom Slater


These lyrics, written by Malvina Reynolds, were performed by a student from atop a blockaded police car in Sproul Plaza at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1964.2 They encapsulate the steely, optimistic atmosphere of the Free Speech Movement (FSM), Berkeley’s student rebellion against the university bureaucrats who severely limited students’ ability to speak freely and organise politically on campus.


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  • Tom Slater
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  1. 1.spikedUK
  2. 2.Free Speech University RankingsUK

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