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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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Spring ’69: Heating Up, but Not Boiling Over

Spring ’69: Heating Up, but Not Boiling Over

(p.173) Chapter 29 Spring ’69: Heating Up, but Not Boiling Over
Radicals in the Heartland

Michael V. Metz

University of Illinois Press

Issues of race dominated the semester as black anger was on prominent display and white activists scrambled to provide support. Chicago Black Panthers visited the campus to speak, but a misunderstanding regarding a stipend caused white angst. The Vietnam War was not forgotten, as star footballer Mickey Hogan quit the sport and joined the activists, and the issue of violence became central to the student movement. The BSA made accusations of institutional racism against the university and white activists debated how to back them. With no appetite for sit-ins at this point, a march on the president’s house made do.

Keywords:   Chicago Black Panthers, Bobby Rush, Fred Hampton, Vic Berkey, white angst, Mickey Hogan, Ekkehart Krippendorff, sit-in, grovel-in, educational reform

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