1922 August 12

Groups Launch “War on Censorship”


A coalition of groups representing actors, authors, motion picture producers, screen writers, printers, and others on this day announced a “war on censorship” in the arts. The group, calling itself the Joint Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Art and Literature, singled out the Society for the Suppression of Vice as the lead instrument of censorship. (On the Society, see October 3, 1915.)

The group was led by journalist George Creel, who famously headed the Committee on Public Information (CPI), the federal government’s propaganda agency during World War I (see April 13, 1917).

Learn more about the censorship battles:  Paul Boyer, Purity in Print: The Vice-Society Movement and Book Censorship in America (1968)

And more: Leigh Ann Wheeler, Against Obscenity: Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 1873-1935 (2007)

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