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John Leggett: Free Speech Movement Oral History Project

Interviewee(s):
Leggett, John
Interviewer(s):
Rubens, Lisa
Title:
John Leggett: Free Speech Movement Oral History Project
Abstract:
John Leggett was an assistant professor of Sociology and was one of the most active faculty members supporting FSM. In this interview he discusses his family’s political background;and his own experiences helping to found SDS, working with SNCC , organizing in Detroit and membership in the Socialist Party. He analyzes the social and cultural characteristics of FSM participants and leaders;he comments on the attitudes of colleagues in the Department of Sociology regarding FSM;he recounts his role in key events of FSM and his efforts to gain support for FSM from other universities, unions and community organizations. Leggett was denied tenure at UC Berkeley–he argues because of his politics. After teaching at Simon Fraser he was tenured in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Interview date(s):
2001
Project:
Free Speech Movement
Oskicat record:
b22248411
Rights:
Leggett, John. "John Leggett: Free Speech Movement Oral History Project." Interview by Lisa Rubens in 2001. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.