January 14, 2011

Oh So Proud

I'm currently reading The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hadju.  I just got to the point in the 1950s where the scene shifted from blinkered moralists wagging their fingers to law makers and others actually trying to do something about The Problem.  When it comes to legal prohibitions, Hadju talks about Detroit, Indianapolis, and Los Angeles.  But when the time comes for a good ol' fashioned book burning, where does he go?

Spencer, West Virginia.

*sigh*  Doesn't exactly make me want to belt out a rousing chorus of "Country Roads."

UPDATE: Further on, Hadju explains that the Spencer bonfire was hardly an isolated incident and recites some scathing condemnation from none other than the Daily Mail. So that counts for something, I guess.

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