Article Title

Burning the 'Leaves of Grass'

Authors

Newspaper

East Oregonian: E.O. (Pendleton)

Date

5-28-1992

Location

Umatilla, Oregon

Participants

Oregon Library Association

Abstract

Voters in Springfield approved the amendment to the city charter, sponsored by the Oregon Citizens Alliance, which prohibits the city from encouraging or promoting homosexuality. This editorial discusses the threat of the initiative to cultural diversity and the freedom of speech. Supporters of the initiative want to rid libraries of objectionable books that encourage homosexuality, which could include Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” a celebrated work of American poetry. However, library patrons already have the ability to challenge a book and bring their objections to a selection committee.

Keywords

censorship, challenges, freedom of speech, homosexuality

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