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Freedom's orator : Mario Savio and the radical legacy of the 1960s

Author: Robert Cohen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, ©2009.
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This volume is a biography of American political activist Mario Salvo (1942-1996). Salvo is considered an icon of the earliest phase of the 1960s counterculture movement and was a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He is famous for his passionate speeches, especially the "put your bodies upon the gears" address given UC Berkeley in late 1964. Savio also risked his life to register black voters in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Mario Savio; Mario Savio
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Cohen
ISBN: 9780195182934 0195182936
OCLC Number: 255902045
Description: xiv, 512 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: The education of an American radical. Child of war ; The making of a civil rights activist ; Freedom summer --
Avatar of student protest : leading the free speech movement. From polite protest to the first sit-in ; The police car blockade ; Consolidating the movement and negotiating for free speech ; "We almost lost" : the FSM in crisis ; Speaking out and sitting in ; "Free speech at last" --
After the revolution : a voice lost and found. Descending from leadership ; Battling back ; Dying in the saddle --
In his own words : a selection of Mario Savio's speeches and writing. Valedictory ; Bodies upon the gears ; An end to history ; Questioning the Vietnam War ; Beyond the Cold War ; Resisting Reaganism and war in Central America ; The second generation ; Building a compassionate community ; Their values and ours ; A moment to move against class-ridden barbarism ; California at the crossroads : social strife or social unity? ; In defense of affirmative action : the case against Proposition 209.
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This volume is a biography of American political activist Mario Salvo (1942-1996). Salvo is considered an icon of the earliest phase of the 1960s counterculture movement and was a key member in the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. He is famous for his passionate speeches, especially the "put your bodies upon the gears" address given UC Berkeley in late 1964. Savio also risked his life to register black voters in Mississippi in the Freedom Summer of 1964 and was a leader in bringing daring forms of non-violent protest from the civil rights movement to the struggle for free speech and academic freedom on American campuses. The author illuminates Salvo's egalitarian leadership style, his notable eloquence, and the many ways he embodied the youthful idealism of the 1960s. The book also describes Salvo's second phase of activism against "Reaganite Imperialism" in Central America and the corporatization of higher education and includes numerous selections of Salvo's speeches.

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Robby Cohen has written a gripping account of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement that took place in 1964, and the role of the student leader Mario Savio in that movement. Growing up in a working-class Read more...

 
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