ERIC Number: ED055557
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: 0
When Students Rebel: The American Collegiate Experience.
McCarthy, Joseph M.
Student unrest has always been a concomitant of student life, going as far back as 1200 and 1229 when students were killed in Paris during town-gown battles. Much of the student unrest in early America was simply a matter of youthful high spirits, though there were some serious cases often involving mass rebellion. The greatest single cause for student rebellion was probably the food situation which caused students at both Harvard and Yale to stage a mass protest. Student grievances were also expressed over the rigid curriculum and harsh disciplinary measures. Unrest in the early days was generally confined to the Ivy League and Southern institutions, and in addition to the rigidity of the discipline, was caused by the influence of social and political flux in the emerging nation, the clash of Southern and Northern life styles (there were many Southern students in Northern institutions), and the failure of the institutions to keep pace with rapid social change. The root causes of contemporary student protest do not differ sharply from those of the earlier period. Eighty-two percent of the disorders in 1964-65 and 66 percent of the disorders in 1967-68 were directed specifically at institutional problems; this was true for Columbia and the Harvard strike. Both in the earlier and present period, rebellions began when use of legitimate channels of expression of dissatisfaction brought no result. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Boston Coll., Chestnut Hill, MA.
Note: Paper prepared for the 1970 Duquesne History Forum, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 29-31, 1970