1960s AND 70s STUDENT PROTEST: SOME WEBSITES
Posted by archivearchie on June 9, 2010
In an earlier post I drew attention to a couple of websites which, like this one, documented the activities of a political organisation – the Sojourner Truth Organization in the USA. This led to an interesting series of comments where sites for other groups were mentioned. In this post I want to draw attention to some sites which reflect on another aspect of the politics of the period – student protest.
I have found two websites (and would be very interested to hear about more). They are:
An Emotional Involvement which covers the March 1970 occupation of Senate House at Liverpool University.
Essex 68 which covers the events at Essex University in 1968, particularly the occupation in May.
Both websites are an interesting mixture of documents and photos from the period and modern reflections back on the events. Both held reunions to bring together some of those involved.
I would also like to mention what I think is the best book about student protest of the 1960s and 1970s: Ronald Fraser 1968: A Student Generation in Revolt (London: Chatto and Windus, 1988). It is based on hundreds of interviews with activists – not just in the UK but also from Europe and the USA. Tapes and transcripts of the interviews were donated to the British Library in London, and most are available for public access (although one person who went on to became a Government Minister did withdraw his interview!).
Incidentally, both the websites include reflections (and the book an interview) with people who were later members of Big Flame.