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Activism isan essential element of American democracy, and activists have pushed for societal reforms throughout theentirety of American history. When thinking about student activism we often think of the 1960s as a time where youth became more active in political and social movements and embraced grassroots activism as a means of social change. On the University of Maryland campus, large-scale protests against the Vietnam War have gained themost attention in accounts of University history. However, students at the University of Maryland were a part of awide variety of movements for social and political change, participating in protests for economic justice, racialjustice, women’s rights, peace, and a variety of other social concerns.
One of the best ways to research studentactivism at the University of Maryland isthrough the student newspapers. They contain records of many of the protests students participated in and can give insight into student viewpoints and issues.
ThisLibGuide highlights some of the issues that university students have been involved in since the 60s and gives asampling of some of the articles that talk about these events. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but will serve as a guide to student activism and lead researchers to uncover moreabout ways UMD students have made their voices heard throughout the years.