St. Cloud-How The Flames Spread

Davidson, Clifford
June 1953
New Republic;6/29/53, Vol. 128 Issue 26, p13
The article reports that at St. Cloud, Minnesota, the drive to censor books began in 1941. It was directed, first, against the excesses of comic books and the sale of paper-bound volumes with lurid covers in local drugstores. A group of Catholic clergymen in St. Cloud who led the movement for this ordinance declared that its purpose was to gain control over the type of publications offered for sale in the city of St. Cloud. The National Organization list is published by the Chicago Archdiocese Council of Catholic Women and distributed widely outside of Illinois. The idea of censorship was presented to residents of St. Cloud as a measure to ban salacious comic books. But its purpose, judging by the National Organization's list, was broader. INSET: The NODL List.


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