People’s Park details in both photograph and short chronology, the events in Berkeley, California during 1957-1969 at what is now called People’s Park. The Berkeley community has always been known for its liberal thinking and strong support of civil rights movements despite being consistently stuck in heavy bureaucratic mud. When, in 1957 its citizens decided to covert an abandoned lot into a park and were met with strong resistance, the community (mostly students) banded together to stand their ground and carry on with the creation of the park even in the face of brutality and eventually snipers and tanks. The black and white photographs in People’s Park tell the story not from a reporters perspective, but from the eyes of the participants themselves, and convey the passion behind the belief in the necessity of a public park and a space for free speech. The events that unfolded during the confrontation between the Berkeley community and the police is hauntingly and beautifully documented in People’s Park providing posterity with a small portal into the past and inspiration for the future.
Published in 1969. Due to the vintage nature of this book minor wear and signs of use are to be expected.