Free Speach Is Born

May 13, 1960: Several hundred University of California, Berkeley students protest the hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in San Francisco. When the demonstrators are barred from the hearing room, a loud scuffle breaks out. The police turn on high-pressure fire hoses and blast the crowd down the marble steps. Officers arrest 64 people, including 31 Berkeley students, but instead of discouraging the protest, the confrontation becomes a call to arms.  Many consider this the begining of the Free Speach Movement that would sweep American campus protesting the war in Vietnam.

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