The Georgia Literature Commission, 1953-1973

Ga Lit Commission graphic

Yesterday The Paris Review Daily posted a brief history of a government-established and government funded censorship board. That government was the State of Georgia.

Read the scary story…and let it remind you that those “good ole days” were, in some respects, not so good at all.

The Paris Review Daily story includes a link to a previous retrospective look at the GLC that the Washington Post blog GovBeat recently published; the GovBeat article is based on a 2000 article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly written by Georgia State University professor Gregory Lisby.

The graphic above is from the cover of an edition of Georgia author Erskine Caldwell’s God’s Little Acre that The Paris Review Daily uses in its story.

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‘Sequestration’ and the Library of Congress

The New York Times‘ has published an article about how the U.S. Congress’ recently-implemented automatic budget cuts (aka the “sequestration”) is affecting the Library of Congress.

Would that the work of the modern-day Library of Congress were limited to the needs of the individual members of Congress itself!  Or that the Congressional Research Staff would start responding to Congress members’ requests for information with some sort of boiler-plate message that begins “Due to the across-the-board cuts in the federal budget that your colleaguesrecently approved, we are sorry to inform you that…”!

Found at PhiloBiblos