The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) was the backbone to the Student Protest Movement. In 1959 the SDS was a coalition of socialist, liberals, and unclassified radicals, who vowed to “raise issues” about social questions as long as the solution did not endanger the “values of maximum freedom for the individual.”(Unger 52) Soon SDS became a new left political organization with a university campus base. Most of the members were in college or recent college graduates. Their outlook on America had been tarnished by the wars, racism, and poverty. They did not like intuitions or bureaucracies and felt America should have a participatory democracy where the people could join in making political decisions that affected their lives (Unger 54). The SDS did not have many members and was i...
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...to the idea that “if the government want stop the war, we will stop the government” (Unger 194). Their outlook was to stick it to “the man”, that was until they needed “the man”. Dreamers is a term often used to describe the students of the movement, but when looking back on their protest I found most only wanted to rebel. With a strong leader and one central focus I believe the SDS could have had a greater impact on the Student Protest Movement. “But perhaps that is the way of revolutions: they are, to quote John Adams on the American Revolution, primarily events in the mind and hearts of the people.”(Unger 208)
Loeb, Paul Rogat. Generation at the crossroads apathy and action on the American campus. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers UP, 1994. Print.
Unger, Irwin. Movement, a history of the American New Left, 1959-1972. New York: Harper & Row, 1974. Print
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