Article Title

Salute to a librarian

Authors

Newspaper

The Chronicle and the Sentinel-Mist (St. Helens)

Date

9-11-1953

Challenged Material

all books in a library determined as pro-Communist by the local American Legion

Reading Level

all levels

Location

Aberdeen, Washington

Participants

American Legion

Outcome

A librarian refused to allow the local American Legion to dictate what materials would be allowed in the library.

Abstract

A local librarian in Aberdeen, Washington, told the American Legion that they could not decide what books would be allowed in her library. Some American Legions across the U.S. passed resolutions asking their members to look through libraries and recommend which books should be removed. The librarian acted in concordance with a recent decision by the American Library Association condemning widespread censorship as a threat to democracy.

Keywords

American Legion, censorship, book removal, American Library Association

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