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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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Students for Free Speech

Students for Free Speech

(p.72) Chapter 16 Students for Free Speech
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

At the next SACA rally the movement widened its scope, renaming itself Students for Free Speech (SFS), and published a manifesto that spoke of broader goals, including “human freedom.” The new group voted to invite Louis Diskin, an avowed member of the Communist Party, to speak on campus, though moderates expressed concern at the new direction. Student senators offered meeting space to the DuBois Club in their offices, violating university rules; in late March Diskin spoke to a crowd of thousands on the quad, yet despite all appearances the administration claimed the speech did not violate the Clabaugh Act.

Keywords:   Students Against the Clabaugh Act (SACA), Students for Free Speech (SFS), Louis Diskin, Robert (Bob) Outis, Communist Party USA, DuBois Club

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