Article Title

Dulles authored book edict

Newspaper

The Christian Science Monitor (Boston)

Date

1953

Challenged Material

all books written by "Communists" or fellow-travelers

Reading Level

all levels

Location

All overseas U.S. libraries

Participants

Secretary of State, State Department's international information service, President's administration

Outcome

The Secretary of State issued a document banning all works by Communists and fellow-travelers from these libraries.

Abstract

John Foster Dulles, the acting Secretary of State, drafted a document calling for the removal of books written by Communists and fellow-travelers from the shelves of American overseas libraries. There was considerable debate about how authors would be labeled Communists and who would decide what books to remove. The whole situation reportedly led to book-burning controversies in some of these overseas libraries and is currently under review by the President.

Keywords

John Foster Dulles, Communist authors, censorship, overseas libraries, political view, values

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