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Radicals in the HeartlandThe 1960s Student Protest Movement at the University of Illinois$
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Michael V. Metz

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042416

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042416.001.0001

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Civil Rights, Free Speech, and War

Civil Rights, Free Speech, and War

(p.32) Chapter 6 Civil Rights, Free Speech, and War
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

By the middle of the decade, civil rights dominated the nation’s news media, but the war was escalating, and the student newspaper, the Daily Illini, was filled with stories of both. The paper introduced a different news theme when free-speech protests at the University of California at Berkeley made the headlines. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) sponsored an event on the UI quad to debate the war, a fraternity sponsored a blood drive for the soldiers, and graduate students Vincent Wu and Vern Fein recall their experiences surrounding free speech, civil rights, and early antiwar activities.

Keywords:   Free speech, civil rights protest, student movement, SDS, blood drive, antiwar

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