SAT Subject US History Practice Question 688: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 688

39. The main purpose of the Free Speech Movement of 1964 was to

A. make unions more democratic and give workers more power.
B. support the American Civil Liberties Union.
C. remove the censorship from rock-and-roll lyrics.
D. change radio programming.
E. allow college students to support civil rights and political causes.

Correct Answer: E


The Free Speech Movement of 1964 at the University of California at Berkeley began as a defense of students who had set up tables for off-campus political organizations on university grounds. The administration attempted to prevent the students from disseminating literature. They were not workers (A) or free speech advocates in the larger society (B). Rock-and-roll lyrics (C) were not censored until the 1980s. Radio programming (D) did not become an issue until the late 1960s.

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