self-proclaimed Citizen's Group of Warsaw, Indiana burning forty copies
of a textbook that had been banned by the Warsaw school board. The photograph
was taken by Michael Myers, of the Warsaw Times-Union, and accompanied
a news report of the book burning on December 15, 1977.
textbook was Values Clarification: A Handbook of Practical Strategies
for Teachers and Students,by Sidney B. Simon, Leland W. Howe, and Howard
Kirschenbaum. Hart Publishing originally marketed it in 1972. These good
citizens might have found their own clarification of values confirmed had
they known that in 1983 the book would be translated into Chinese and,
presumably, used as a school text in mainland China. In 1995 Warner Books
reissued it in a new revised edition.
scanned and enhanced the photograph from the frontispiece to Lee
Burress, Battle of the Books: Literary Censorship in the Public
Schools, 1950-1985 (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1989).