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Title:
Liberty denied : the current rise of censorship in America
Author:
Demac, Donna A.
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Publication Information:
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xiv, 201 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780813515441

9780813515458

9780934638098
Format :
Book

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Central Library Z658.U5 D45 1988 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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This is the newly revised and updated edition of Donna Demac's study of the increasing threat of censorship in America. The first edition (1988) was published by PEN American Center, the U.S. branch of the international writers' organization.


Summary

This book takes a critical look at the effect of censorship on American society. "[Liberty Denied] cites many cases of the sort of local censorship that is difficult to monitor," Larry McMurtry says in the introduction. It seeks out the roots of censorship, which may be fear or cultural prejudice. What comes out of these thorough studies is a panoramic view of American culture regarding freedom of information. The author reveals the links of censorship to political control as well as moral guardianship. Above all, the book is valuable because of its clear statement of responsibility on the part of the reader, that it takes courage and tremendous energy to keep books, or even words, from being suppressed or destroyed. Furthermore, I highly recommend this book to teachers and public librarians who often see themselves as promoters and protecters of intellectual freedom, in order that they may come to know the different forms of censorship of which they are a participant. This book does not throw blame for blame's sake. It is for the sake of accountability and a democracy of ideas.


Reviews 2

Choice Review

This overview, published under the sponsorship of PEN American Center, is disquieting reading. At this point, surely no librarian is unaware that this country is currently experiencing a severe wave of censorship and that the First Amendment is under siege. To a large extent such movements are cyclical and in time will recede. What is particularly disturbing in the current climate is the move in the guise of economy to terminate the collection and publication of basic statistical information by the federal government. The study reviews repression from both the Left and the Right with full documentation and additional selected readings. Examples are given from the corporate world and various levels of government as well as from well-intentioned but equally repressive liberal concerns. It is one of the most basic tenets of democracy that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance; in today's climate these words have never been truer. This book should be required reading for all librarians; it is a terrible irony that the freest country in all human history should number among its citizenry those working so determinedly to erode the most basic freedom of all, the right to read as one chooses. Essential for all libraries. -R. S. Bravard, Lock Haven University


Choice Review

This overview, published under the sponsorship of PEN American Center, is disquieting reading. At this point, surely no librarian is unaware that this country is currently experiencing a severe wave of censorship and that the First Amendment is under siege. To a large extent such movements are cyclical and in time will recede. What is particularly disturbing in the current climate is the move in the guise of economy to terminate the collection and publication of basic statistical information by the federal government. The study reviews repression from both the Left and the Right with full documentation and additional selected readings. Examples are given from the corporate world and various levels of government as well as from well-intentioned but equally repressive liberal concerns. It is one of the most basic tenets of democracy that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance; in today's climate these words have never been truer. This book should be required reading for all librarians; it is a terrible irony that the freest country in all human history should number among its citizenry those working so determinedly to erode the most basic freedom of all, the right to read as one chooses. Essential for all libraries. -R. S. Bravard, Lock Haven University


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