Free Speech and Association

In the 1960s, students at the University of California, Berkeley were at the forefront of the era’s political protests. As both a Berkeley undergraduate and law student, Michael Tigar aggressively advocated for the rights of students to protest and take up political causes. When he arrived at Berkeley, he became involved in SLATE, a student activist organization that was a precursor of the Free Speech Movement. SLATE was primarily focused on abolishing the House Un-American Activities Committee and on challenging the University administration’s attempts to suppress student government, association, and speech. His student activism continued in law school as the Free Speech Movement gained traction.

This section includes several documents about Tigar’s involvement with SLATE and the Free Speech Movement, including a recent oral history piece about the organization. It also includes “The Brave New University of Clark Kerr”, a piece that he wrote for the Liberal Democrat newspaper, which contests then-UC chancellor Kerr’s regulations on student speech and identifies the origins of the corporatization of higher education in the United States. The piece asserts that, “the guerrilla warfare between students and administration” is “a microcosm of the conflict which ought to be taking place in society as a whole.” Other documents included here deal more generally with the rights of speech, protest, and association.

15 archive items found.

Preview Type Title Year
Oral History Mike Tigar: From SLATE Leader to Civil Liberties Attorney by The SLATE Oral History Project

2018
Oral History Thousands of Adventures

2016
Oral History Communist Party Student Movements

2016
Magazine Articles Article Sent From Judge Ferguson “What Became of Yesterday’s Radicals”

1975
Miscellany 1962 Youth Festival in Helsinki

1962
Cases Testimony of Karl Dietrich Wolff, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, March 14, 1969

1969
Plays The Trial of John Peter Zenger

1989
Essays Original Understanding and the Constitution

1988
Essays Can We Be Equal And Free?

1976
Book Review Concerning Dissent And Civil Disobedience

1969
Book Review Freedom & Order In The University

1968
Book Review Anti-Politics in America

1969
Book Review The American Student’s Freedom Of Expression

1967
Journal Articles Introduction To Symposium: Student Rights And Campus Rules

1966
Essays The Brave New University of Clark Kerr

1961