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Free Speech Movement Oral History Project

Sewell, William
Sewell, Ellen
Rubens, Lisa
Free Speech Movement Oral History Project
Ellen and William Sewell were married graduate students: she in political science;he in history. They were both active in the Graduate Coordinating Council. They offer vivid accounts of the sit-in around the police car on Sproul Plaza, focusing on what they saw as a transformative moment in the political life of the campus. They reflect on: Steve Weissman’s leadership of the GCC;organizing the campus-wide strike;media mis-representation of the strike;the role of humor in the movement;the general excitement that pervaded the events. Ellen discusses barriers faced by women graduate students. William discusses the impact of FSM on his later scholarship on French history and on revolutions.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Advocacy and Philanthropy
Interview date(s):
Free Speech Movement
Oskicat record:
Sewell, Wm. &amp and Ellen. "Free Speech Movement Oral History Project." Interview by Lisa Rubens in 2000. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.