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ERIC Number: ED314053
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Are You There God? It's Me, a Censor.
Woods, L. B.; Gallagher, Manning
This report updates a 1979 article from the Wisconsin Library Bulletin about censorship in Wisconsin from 1966 through 1975. Compiled using data from the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), the report provides information about censorship attempts and actions between 1976 and 1980. From 1966 through 1975, 49 cases of censorship were reported in Wisconsin; from 1975 through 1980, 14 cases were reported. The decrease is attributed to: (1) authors writing more controversially during the 1966-1975 period; (2) the publishing industry choosing not to publishing as many controversial books during the more conservative 1976-1980 period; and (3) laxity in reporting cases of censorship to the OIF by the forces of intellectual freedom in Wisconsin. Censorship cases were reported in seven cities, with six cases reported in Milwaukee. In educational institutions, censorship cases were most often initiated by parents; in noneducational settings cases were initiated by a variety of figures, including a judge, a city official, and a gallery director. Half of the incidents appeared in primary and secondary schools, with four of the eight occurring in high schools; none were reported by colleges or universities. Noneducational institutions involved in censorship cases were a prison, a library, an art gallery, a magazine, a television station, and a nursing home. The reasons most commonly cited for censorship attacks were obscenity, language, pornography, blasphemy, and conflicts with religious beliefs, although national security was cited in the case of the magazine. Of the 14 cases, two were successful, four were unsuccessful, and the rest were either partially successful or the results were unknown. Seven tables summarize the findings. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin