ALA and Intellectual Freedom: A Historical Overview

"At the outset, two myths can be dispelled: namely, that intellectual freedom in libraries is a tradition and that intellectual freedom has always been a major, if not the major, part of the foundation of library service in the United States. Both myths assumed by librarians, are grounded int he belief that librarians support a static concept of intellectual freedom. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth."

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Online resources cited in this chapter:

  • Decatur Public Library v. District Attorney's Office of Wise County, No. 90-05-192, 271st Judicial District Court; Wise and Jack Counties, Texas; (Letter Opinion) Judge John R. Lindsey (PDF only)
  • Loyalty Oaths