Article Title

Clearing the air on books

Authors

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

7-12-1953

Challenged Material

any books written by Communist authors or those that further the Communist agenda

Reading Level

all levels

Location

U.S. overseas libraries

Participants

President Eisenhower, State Department, American Library Association

Abstract

The State Department issued a statement in line with President Eisenhower's philosophy that blanket proscription of books because of author or subject matter is unwise. The State Department said they would only remove books from overseas U.S. libraries whose intent is to further the Communist conspiracy and undermine the current government. This decision would only be limited to government-run libraries abroad, and assurances were made that independent companies and individuals would be free to buy and sell reading materials they wanted.

Keywords

Communism, President Eisenhower, censorship, State Department, American Library Association, book selection, political view, values

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