Siobhan C. Atkins

Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities

20082009 Forum on Change

Siobhan C. Atkins


College '09

The American Student Power Movement of the 1960s

The “student power” movement of the 1960s in America was characterized by a push for curricular reform, academic freedom, and a greater student and faculty role in decision making at universities across the nation. Not only was the movement widespread—virtually no university remained untouched—but it also resulted in tangible reforms, many of which remain to this day. What hopes and concerns did America’s youth have towards their society at the dawn of the postindustrial era? How did school administrators, parents, and intellectuals react? And what do these findings reveal about the generational conflicts at the heart of student dissent of the 1960s?