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At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom


reviewed by Anne E. Phillips — 2003

coverTitle: At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom
Author(s): Gloria Pipkin, Releah Cossett Lent and Susan Ohanian
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325003955, Pages: 256, Year: 2002
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Censorship in the schools became a major political issue in the United States during the 1980s.  It accompanied the presidential victory of the conservative wing of the Republican Party with Ronald Reagan's election.  Censorship was fueled by the moral certainty of organized religious fundamentalists who claimed that secular humanism was a religion and was promoted in many textbooks. This was the political climate facing Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Cossett Lent, who tell their stories in At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom.  Pipkin and Lent were confronted with censorship campaigns run by members of the religious right who were assisted by a sympathetic school administration and school board.  The book is constructed in three parts. The first part is Pipkin's narrative of her struggle against the effort to censor the books in her high school.  In the second part Lent tells the story of her struggle against censorship of a student newspaper.  The third part includes the authors' analyses, recommendations, and suggestions. As English department chair at... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 589-592
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11014, Date Accessed: 9/22/2017 9:20:18 AM

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  • Anne Phillips
    Rowan University
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    ANNE E. PHILLIPS is an assistant professor of education at Rowan University. Her teaching interests include the history of education and the history of the civil rights movement and other social movements. As a former classroom and reading teacher, her teaching interests extend to classroom practices, diversity, reading instruction, and children's literature. Her research has focused on the civil rights movement and the movement to desegregate the School District of Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s. She is expanding her research to study other social movements in Philadelphia during the same period and extending the study of the school desegregation through the end of the century.
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