Article Title

State of the nation: Butterfingers or sabotage?

Newspaper

The Christian Science Monitor (Boston)

Date

6-26-1953

Challenged Material

all books with Communist authors

Reading Level

all levels

Location

All overseas U.S. libraries

Participants

President Eisenhower, State Department, overseas U.S. libraries

Outcome

The State Department said they would no longer inform the public how they were operating these overseas libraries in light of their recent attempts at censorship.

Abstract

President Eisenhower recently vowed to stop using security classifications to keep non-sensitive information from the U.S. public. However, the State Department, shortly after this initiative, announced that the public would no longer be informed of how they were running overseas libraries as part of cold-war strategy. The author excoriates this decision by the State Department as both undemocratic and as going arrogantly against the President's plans.

Keywords

overseas libraries, President Eisenhower, State Department, book censorship

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