1948 July 13

Groups Protest NYC Public Schools’ Ban on “The Nation” Magazine


A coalition of groups in New York City on this day protested the cancellation of the subscription for The Nation magazine by the Board of Superintendents for the city’s public schools. The pretext for the ban was two articles by Paul Blanshard that were deemed to be anti-Catholic.

Blanshard was national leader of the movement to secure separation of church and state, and a founder of People and Other Americans United for Separation of Church and State (POAU), which had recently been founded. POUA continues today as Americans United (AU). POUA had been founded in response to the Supreme Court decision in Everson v. Board of Education (February 10, 1947), which upheld the use of public funds in New Jersey to transport students to parochial schools.

Groups protesting the cancellation of The Nation’s subscription cancellation included the ACLU, the Authors League, the Teachers Guild, the American Jewish Congress, and others.

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