Lawrence, Kansas: Privately Printed, Circa 1971.
Loose_leaf. 11 1/4" X 8 3/8". 8-12pp each. Two copies of Freed Speak presumed first issue. Moderate wear to wraps with pages laid in. Toning, edgewear, and light soiling to wraps and pages. Particularly heavy toning to second copy of first issue as well as second issue of Freed Speak. Tears to edges and extremities of second issue of Freed Speak.
Published to counter the school's official paper, The Budget, this radical student paper out of Lawrence High School in Lawrence, Kansas in the early 1970s is uncensored and covers the Vietnam War, feminism, psychedelic drugs, racism, and rebellion, with articles, quizzes, hand-drawn ads, poetry, and cartoons. Highlights include a critique of the made for television film The Feminist and the Fuzz, Vietnam coverage, "The Great Aspirin Bust," about an incident at the school in which students had crushed aspirin confiscated and were accused of dealing "dope," coverage of racially-motivated disturbances at the high school, and recommended reading including Jerry Farber, Abbie Hoffman, George Leonard, and Aldous Huxley.
Letter from the Editor, First Issue of Freed Speak: "This paper is your paper, the students paper. It's an attempt to help you see why conditions are jsut the way they are here at L.H.S. and what you can do about them. In this and future issues we will discuss racism, womens liberation, society, music, administrative tyrrany over students, the tracking system, dope, the draft, divisions in the student body, etc. etc, etc."
These seven issues of an underground student paper out of Lawrence, Kansas offer a riveting view of 1970s youth attitudes toward school authority, national and global issues, gender and race, and drug use. Good +. Item #4459