Article Title

Smoke from the 'Book Burnings': An intimate message from Washington

Newspaper

The Christian Science Monitor (Boston)

Date

6-26-1953

Challenged Material

all books with Communist authors or those advocating the overthrow of the government through communism

Reading Level

all levels

Location

All overseas U.S. libraries

Participants

President Eisenhower, State Department, overseas U.S. libraries, Senator Joe McCarthy

Outcome

The President condemned book burnings but allowed room for the removal of books that advocate the overthrow of government through Communism. He did not put a stop to the removal of books program.

Abstract

President Eisenhower conducted a press conference in relation to allegations of book burnings at overseas U.S. libraries. The President sent conflicting messages, at the same time condemning any book burning in relation to the suppression of ideas, but also saying that books advocating the overthrow of the government through Communism should be removed. The President did not signal making any definitive changes to the policies of the State Department in removing books from overseas libraries.

Keywords

book burnings, overseas libraries, Communism, President Eisenhower, political view, values

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