Student Activism and Free Speech

Student activism on college campuses has traditionally been an indicator of the most pressing issues of an era, with college students serving as a barometer of social issues and political pressures. The 1960s saw a significant rise in participation in and overall political impact of student activism in the United States. This was a turbulent time in American history, with college students rallying around issues including the Vietnam War, the military draft, the legal voting age, women’s rights, and civil rights for African American citizens. This era created women’s studies departments, African American studies departments, and other departments devoted exclusively to the study of the history and literature of minority groups. It also saw the passage of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment...

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