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Radicals in the Heartland – The 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois - Illinois Scholarship Online
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Radicals in the Heartland: The 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois

Michael V. Metz


Entering the 1960s, the University of Illinois typified “Middle America,” with its midwestern campus, middle-class enrollment, and midcentury quiescence—the unlikeliest of settings for protest, rebellion, and riots in the streets. But all of that came to pass. Born of free-speech issues in the Red Scare era and nourished by anger with an unpopular war, protests grew into a general antiestablishment frustration, climaxing in a student strike and days-long violent disturbances that shut down one of the nation’s largest land-grant universities. How could this happen, here? The story is one of sel ... More

Keywords: Sixties, student, protest, movement, free speech, antiwar, Vietnam War, University of Illinois, civil rights

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael V. Metz, author

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Part I The Prelude

Part II The Free Speech Era, 1965–67

Part III The Antiwar Movement, 1967–69

Part IV The Violent Time, 1969–70