Censorship: 1962

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Los Angeles booksellers are charged with obscenity under a state law for selling Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer to an undercover police cadet.


ACLU of Southern California attorneys challenge the state censorship law on behalf of a bookseller and a professor who want, respectively, to sell and read Henry Miller’s books; though the lower courts ruled against them in 1963, the California Supreme Court strikes down the law. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court issues a similar ruling.