The 1960s were the years of the great civil rights demonstrations; one of the great battles was freedom of expression.
Today we are talking about a particular episode that occurred in 1964 at the University of Berkeley, the same one that gave rise to the "Free Speech Movement".
S speaks of the years of the assassination of John F. Kennedy and, above all, of the war in Vietnam. This terrible war caused thousands of young Americans to align themselves with the front line.
The claim began when one of the most renowned American institutes, the University of Berkeley, decided to ban anti-Vietnam war demonstrations on the university's property.
This ban had the opposite effect to the desired one: it enlivened one of the first mass acts of civil disobedience which saw the participation of a great many students, who protested for their freedom of expression. Later, 800 university students were arrested by the police on December 3, 1964, after an attempt to occupy the building used as the university administration.
The most interesting question, about this episode, is certainly the reaction that triggered throughout the West and the world. Initially, a crisis arose against the university system, but soon it also became a social and political battle. The contagion was great, immediate and undeniable.
The period of the Sixties is, as we are reminded today, a period of civil struggles to claim a fairer, less classy, sexist and oppressive world, but more democratic and egalitarian, against a society based mainly on consumerism and profit.