1959 September 7

Post Office to Stop Circulating Christian Pro-Censorship Editorial


Post Office officials, it was reported on this day, rescinded instructions to local postmasters that they display reprints of an editorial by a prominent Protestant minister attacking the novel “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” as “vile and obscene.” The editorial was by Rev. Daniel Poling, editor of the Christian Herald, where it first appeared. ACLU officials had protested the editorial when members found it posted on the bulletin boards in post offices in Nassau County on Long Island, New York.

Learn more about the anti-censorship campaign in the 1950s and 1960s: Charles Rembar, The End of Obscenity: The Trials of Lady Chatterley, Tropic of Cancer, and Fanny Hill (1968)

Read the famous novel: D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928)

Learn more at the National Coalition Against Censorship here.

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