Article Title

Books of Portland son, Red hero, banned

Authors

Newspaper

Oregon Journal (Portland)

Date

7-8-1953

Challenged Material

25 books written by 8 separate authors all purported to be Communists including John Reed, Earl Browder, William Z. Foster, Ilya Ehrenburg, Trofim Lysenko, Maxim Gorki, Agnes Smedley, and Anna Louis Strong, Insurgent Mexico by John Reed, Ten days that shook the world by John Reed

Reading Level

adult

Location

Various locations around the world

Participants

U.S. Information Libraries overseas

Outcome

Removal and even burning of all works by the named authors

Abstract

Several authors purported to have Communist affiliations had their books removed from State Department libraries in foreign countries. A total of 25 books were banned, including those of the writer John Reed, a Portland native who was buried within the wall of the Kremlin near Lenin's tomb. Eight authors wrote the 25 books, all presumed to be Communists, as stated by the acting head of the International Information Administration.

Keywords

overseas libraries, Communism, banned books, political view, values, John Reed, Communists

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