Books: Fathers and Sons

THE CONFLICT OF GENERATIONS: THE CHARACTER AND SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDENT MOVEMENTS by Lewis S. Feuer. 543 pages. Basic Books. $12.50.

It was Henry Thoreau's grandfather, Asa Dunbar, who set the pattern for American student rebellions over 200 years ago. As the Mario Savio of 1766, he was protesting against the poor quality of Harvard College chow. His slogan: "Behold our Butter stinketh!"

When Dunbar was condemned by the faculty for "the sin of insubordination," the rebels, writes Lewis Feuer, conducted "not a sit-in, but an eat-out; they breakfasted in town."

Would better butter have solved...

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