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Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library

Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library - 01 edition

Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780806133140

ISBN10: 0806133147

Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library by Louise S. Robbins - ISBN 9780806133140
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Published: 2001
International: No
Dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : Civil Rights, Censorship, and the American Library by Louise S. Robbins - ISBN 9780806133140

ISBN13: 9780806133140

ISBN10: 0806133147

Edition: 01

Summary

In 1950 Ruth W. Brown, librarian at the Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Public Library, was summarily dismissed from her job after thirty years of exemplary service, ostensibly because she had circulated subversive materials. In truth, however, Brown was fired because she had become active in promoting racial equality and had helped form a group affiliated with the Congress of Racial Equality.

Louise S. Robbins tells the story of the political, social, economic, and cultural threads that became interwoven in a particular time and place, creating a strong web of opposition. This combination of forces ensnared Ruth Brown and her colleagues--for the most part women and African Americans--who championed the cause of racial equality.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. "America's Ideal Family Center," Its Librarian, and Her Library
2. Hastening the Day
3. The Many Friends of Miss Brown
4. The Cleanup
5. "Fighting McCarthyism through Film": The Ruth Brown Episode According to Hollywood
6. "Only a Skirmish"
Epilogue. Telling the Ruth Brown Story: A Personal Journey
Notes
Bibliography
Index