Captures the turbulent days of the loyalty oath crisis that rocked the Berkeley campus and rippled across America in the beginning of the "witch hunt" days
Long before the Free Speech Movement, People's Park, and the drug culture influx, Berkeley was fascinatingly alive and highly reactive to social issues. Author Lynn Garrett Frankel captures the turbulent days at the University of California during the late 1940s, when the threatened imposition of a loyalty oath turned the Berkeley campus into an academic background with personal beliefs as the potential casualties.
Stacie Galloway, a young student searching for direction and the essentials of her identity, faces struggles with uncertain romances, invasive parents, and the loyalty oath itself. When UC Regents impose a loyalty oath for faculty, staff, and graduate students, Stacie and her friends are forced to line up against or with their principles, under the wary---and possibly criminal---eyes of the FBI.
Bio: LYNN GARRETT FRANKEL earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Physiology at UC Berkeley. She administered financial aid to medical students for over twenty years.