ERIC Number: ED196003
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
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Does "God Hate Hair?": A Study of Censorship in Tennessee.
Woods, L. B.
A study was conducted to investigate censorship attempts in Tennessee during the period 1966-1975 by consulting issues of the "Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom" published by the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom. Tennessee's rate of censorship was found to be exactly the same as the national average. A total of 45 cases was reported during 1966-1975, with 11 in educational institutions and 34 in noneducational institutions, such as bookstores, theatres, and the press. A wide majority of the attacks, 89%, occurred in densely populated areas. Censorship attempts were initiated by a variety of persons, officials, and institutions. A film advisory board composed of citizens attempted multiple censorship efforts resulting in restrictions placed on the viewing of "Paper Moon,""American Graffiti,""The Sting," and other films. Reasons for censorship were difficult to ascertain, although obscenity was noted in 20 incidents. A growing trend can be noted in which organizations or groups present long lists of materials for censorship. In only slightly more than 20% of the cases were the institutions affected successful in resisting the censors. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Tennessee