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The Berkeley Free Speech Movement

The California sit-in which became the model for political activity across the United States in the 1960s.

California students staged a sit-in which became the model for student activism across the USA in the 1960s. It all started over who could, or could not, use a small strip of land outside Berkeley's front gates. Lynne Hollander Savio, who took part in the sit-in, remembers the mood of the time.

(Photo: The leader of the Free Speech Movement, Mario Savio. Credit: AP)

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