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Steve Maizlish Transcript

Conducted by Lisa Rubens in 2006, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.

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Steve Maizlish was a sophomore who was active in Campus CORE. He had been involved in the anti-discrimination demonstrations throughout the Bay Area in 1963 and the Spring of 1964, and had attended the Republican Party National Convention that summer. He vividly recounts his participation in events of the FSM and particularly recalls speeches, not typically reported on, that were made by activists, such as Ron Anastasi reading JFK’s inaugural address before students began the occupation of Sproul Hall. He discusses faculty who supported the movement, his involvement in the Free Speech Union the following semester as well as Students for Nazi Amnesty. Maizlish describes the rise of the counter culture and the shift away from politics. Maizlish is a professor of history at the University of Texas, Arlngton.

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