Come the Revolution, the libraries would be first target
The Authentic History Center website has scanned several issues of Treasure Chest, a monthly comic book published by the Catholic Guild. In 1961, they ran a 10-issue series called, "This Godless Communism." The first issue shows what would become of the United States if it became a communist country (for one thing, the government would be moved to Chicago).
So what does this have to do with libraries? Check out the first two panels on this page (or see the transcript below):The Reds have another powerful weapon. Almost every country in the world has a Communist Party which takes its orders from Moscow. The smallest group in the Party is called a "cell" which holds regular meetings.
- "Our latest directive from our superiors is to steal all anti-communist books from our American city libraries."
Cell members come from all walks of life.
- "Since I am a public librarian that should be easy."
- "As a university teacher, it will be easy to take care of the library there."
- "I'll take care of my labor-union library!"