Today in 1953: The State Department bans Dashiell Hammett’s novels from its overseas libraries.
This year, Senator Joseph McCarthy will send aides Roy Cohn and G. David Schine on a tour of United States libraries in Europe to ferret out so-called “subversive books”. McCarthy’s boys find three hundred Hammett detective stories there.
Questioned by Cohn in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Hammett will not say whether he was a Communist, when he wrote the books, nor whether royalties ended up in party coffers. Hammett frustrates the committee with these ambiguous words, “If I were fighting Communism, I don’t think I would do it by giving people any books at all”.
It’s Today’s Action Calendar!
This Friday, Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne, authors of “Rethinking Money,” will discuss creating an economy of sustainable abundance. This will be Friday at 7pm at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, 330 North Orchard Street. This is presented by Dane County TimeBank and Time For the World, sponsored by the Nelson Institute. The event is free, and donations are accepted. For info, call Stephanie at 608-443-8229, or email email@example.com.
This Saturday, Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne will lead an in-depth workshop about how we can achieve local resilience by developing and expanding on current efforts. This will be Saturday from 10am to 4pm at U.S. Bank Conference Room, 1 South Pinckney. For more info, contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-443-8229.