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I never dared to be radical when young For fear it would make me conservative when old Robert Frost Ten Mills A Further Range 1936 Introduction In Beyond the Barricades The Sixties Generation Grows Up Whalen and Flacks examine the question of what happened to the idealism and radical activism displayed by the young men and women who came of age in the late sixties as this cohort grew up and became adults The media has portrayed many of the former sixties rebels as sell outs who have joined the corporate conglomerations and adopted the conservative politics that they so vehemently opposed in their youth Whalen and Flacks show however that most of these sixties activists continue to remain true to their political ideology even if their level of activism has decreased over the years Synopsis The main question being asked in this study is what happens to youthful idealism over time and as people age What becomes of a life centered on creating revolution when the revolution does not occur Can a lifestyle of rebellion and creating turmoil be sustained over a prolonged period of time These questions are important in understanding the personal benefits and sacrifices of political activism and what can be expected for future radical movements To answer these questions Whalen and Flacks interviewed nineteen activists and sixteen nonactivists who attended the University of California at Santa Barbara UCSB at lived in the nearby student community of Isla Vista The activists were taken from groups of individuals who had been charged in either the Santa Barbara 19 case regarding the denial of tenure to popular anthropology professor William Allen or the burning of the local Bank of America building These were the two main cases that resulted from the turmoil of student protests in the winter and summer of 1970 All but two of these activists were members of the Radical Union the chief campus organization for white activists The
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