(SOLD): COPELAND, Alan. People’s Park.

(New York, NY): Ballantine Books, 1969. First edition. A photographic record of the events at People’s Park, 1960’s flower children against the Establishment. In 1969 the residents of Berkeley, claimed an abandoned car park belonging to the University of California, Berkerley to turn into a community park. Governor Ronald Reagan had been publicly critical of university administrators for tolerating student demonstrations at the Berkeley campus, and he had received enormous popular support for his 1966 gubernatorial campaign promise to crack down on what the public perceived as a generally lax attitude at California’s public universities. Reagan called the Berkeley campus “a haven for communist sympathizers, protesters, and sex deviants.” Reagan considered the creation of the park a direct leftist challenge to the property rights of the university, and he found in it an opportunity to fulfill his campaign promise. On Thursday, May 15, 1969 at 4:30 a.m., he sent 300 California Highway Patrol and Berkeley police officers to reclaim the park. A very good copy in photo-illustrated wrappers.


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