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The dismissal of Miss Ruth Brown : civil rights, censorship, and the American library

Author: Louise S Robbins
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. This episode in a small  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: Ruth Winifred Brown; Ruth Winifred Brown; Ruth Winifred Brown; Ruth Winifred Brown
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise S Robbins
ISBN: 0806131632 9780806131634 0806133147 9780806133140
OCLC Number: 41932522
Awards: Willa Literary Award for nonfiction, 2001.
Description: xv, 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: "America's Ideal Family Center," Its Librarian, and Her Library --
Hastening the Day --
The Many Friends of Miss Brown --
The Cleanup --
"Fighting McCarthyism through Film": The Ruth Brown Episode According to Hollywood --
"Only a Skirmish."
Responsibility: by Louise S. Robbins.

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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. This episode in a small Oklahoma town almost a half-century ago is more than a disturbing local event. It exemplifies the McCarthy era, foregrounding those who labored for racial justice, sometimes at great cost, before the civil rights movement. In addition, it reveals a masking of concerns that led even Brown's allies to obscure the cause of racial integration for which she fought. Relevant today, Ruth Brown's story helps us understand the matrix of personal, community, state, and national forces that can lead to censorship, intolerance, and the suppression of individual rights. (Inspiration for the 1956 Bette Davis film Storm Center.).

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