Madison in the Sixties
The third week of July, 1961 through. Harvard professor discusses the difficulties of negotiating with communists on disarmaments. Freedom riders imprisoned in Mississippi. Controversial topless bathing suits are challenged by city officials. Dutch Elm Disease is under control. The Regents institute harsh rules, up to expulsion, banning any intentional conduct that interferes with school activities.
More than one thousand University of Wisconsin alumni returned to Memorial Union from June 14–16 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their time on campus. Many of them were activists in Madison in 1968, one of the most turbulent years of student protest in American history. The three-day Reunion weekend featured tours, live music, and […]
It was 50 years ago today that police and protesters clashed on the UW campus, sending scores of protesters to the emergency room, and even injuring bystanders. The bloody event has become a seminal moment in the collective memory of Madisonians. Madison historian Stu Levitan takes us back half a century. He describes the sights, […]
Six years after the 15 million dollar University expressway was proposed city crews raced to open the first small element and make it in time for Homecoming. Two weeks later on November 18th the first phase opens with four lanes University Avenue one way westbound from Broom Street to Breeze Terrace with an east bound […]
In October the Madison Committee to end the war in Vietnam votes against civil disobedience during the International days of Protest calling civil disobedience impractical at the moment. However a group is formed called the Committee for Direct Action to end the war in Vietnam disagrees and announces an attempted citizens arrest of Lester Arasmith. […]
Madison, 1965. Antiwar protests sweep the nation, and the campus becomes a friendly space for nonviolent leaders. Many performances and presentations take place, by ambassadors, ballet groups, singers, and Bob Dylan cover bands. The contralto singer Marian Anderson visits Madison on her 50-stop international farewell tour, drawing 3000 spectators. Comedians entertain at Homecoming. New dormitories […]