chapter  7
Revolting Berkeley Students
ByWilliam Petersen
Pages 15

In the 1950s an extremist grouplet tried to gain political advantage, and one of its representatives, running for office in a student organization, declared that he would not serve unless the whole of the slate of which he was a part was also elected. On September 10, 1964, Slate distributed a letter from "A former student" calling on undergraduates to "organize and split this campus wide open, to perform civil disobedience at a couple of major University public ceremonies. If such a revolt were conducted with unrelenting toughness and courage, it could spread to other campuses across the country". This statement came before any of the events that, allegedly, later sparked the protest. Students have both adults' and children's roles. They are able to vote and to marry, and some do. But most depend on their parents for a substantial portion of their living, and many are still in the process of deciding what to do with their lives.