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MenckenThe American Iconoclast$
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195072389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.001.0001

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BANNED IN BOSTON

BANNED IN BOSTON

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(p.300) 27 BANNED IN BOSTON
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Mencken
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Marion Elizabeth Rodgers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195072389.003.0028

This chapter picks up from the opening scene described in the Prologue of this book, when the April 1926 issue of The American Mercury was banned in Boston and Mencken was arrested. Mencken became disillusioned when his fight against censorship was criticized by fellow journalists as being a mere publicity stunt, even though his efforts cleared the way for journalists and publishers to publish whatever they want. Worldwide, Mencken's name became forever identified with freedom of speech.

Keywords:   The American Mercury, free speech, Comstocks, Boston, Harvard, Arthur Garfield Hays, Alfred Knopf, Reverend Chase

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