Bad Readers

By Helen Kapstein


Recent US attempts to curtail academic freedom, censor free speech, and ban books look very familiar when placed on a continuum with similar historical efforts, such as those during apartheid in South Africa. The existence of a small, out-of-print booklet, What Happened to “Burger’s Daughter,” shows us how censors rationalize (or fail to rationalize) their restrictions and connects the dots between repressions past and present.

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