Social and Political Change on South University

Social and Political Change on South University (HM2265)

Location: Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Washtenaw County
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N 42° 16.504', W 83° 44.152'

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When local merchants began the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July 1960, South University catered to both townspeople and students. During 40 years of social and political change, the fair grew into a city-wide extravaganza. In the twentieth century, as fraternities, sororities, dormitories, and student rooms concentrated nearby, South University had become a focus of student activity. At this corner in the 1950s and 1960s you could have seen homecoming parades or panty raiders shouting "To the hill!" (women's dorms), in the 1980s a basketball riot, and the 1990s the Naked Mile.

Political activities as well as pranks have always been a part of student life. Earlier students, fueled by alcohol, youth, and boredom, had torn up the town's wooden sidewalks for bonfires, disabled trolley cars, and shouted down presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan. They vigorously debated abolition, temperance, wars, and women's suffrage. During the Vietnam War, Ann Arbor became a center of the nationwide social and political firestorm. Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and peace teach-ins originated at UM. Those turbulent years began with civil rights picketing, intensified with antiwar protests, White Panthers, Black Action Movement strikes, and demonstrations for women's liberation and gay rights. "Make love not war!"and "Power to the
people!" affronted middle-class values and expressed the new rebellious spirit that led to hippies, the sexual revolution, and the Hash Bash.

Photos courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library, the Ann Arbor News, and John and Leni Sinclair.
HM NumberHM2265
Placed ByAnn Arbor Historic District Commission and South University Area Association
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Date Added Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 274392 N 4683942
Decimal Degrees42.27506667, -83.73586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 16.504', W 83° 44.152'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 16' 30.24" N, 83° 44' 9.1200000000001" W
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Area Code(s)734
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1085-1099 S University Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48109, US
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