Education: The Recalcitrant Librarian

The Recalcitrant Librarian Of all the U.S. citizens who have refused to tell congressional committees about their possible past Communist activities, few have stirred quite such a flurry of controversy as Mrs. Mary Knowles, 46. The Knowles case began in 1953 when FBI Counterspy Herbert Philbrick charged that she and her husband had once been employed by Boston's Communist-front Samuel Adams School. When a Senate Internal Security subcommittee questioned her about her past, Mary Knowles ducked behind the Fifth Amendment. Though .the Senate took no action against her at the time, the Norwood, Mass, library fired her...

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