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Jeanne Layton
Last updated: 8/29/2013
Jeanne Layton
Roll of Honor
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  For her courageous stand in defense of intellectual freedom

By refusing to remove Don DeLillo’s AMERICANA from the shelves of
the Davis County Utah Public Library, Jeanne Layton put herself at the
center of a political controversy in which she stood practically alone, with
only her colleagues in support. Her request for assistance to the Freedom
to Read Foundation gave the Foundation the opportunity to fulfill its
purposes in defending First Amendment values. For her stand, Jeanne
Layton lost her professional position, but persevered to seek and win
reinstatement. Her staunch defense of intellectual freedom against
tremendous odds added meaning to the First Amendment, strengthened
and expanded the Foundation, and solidified its reputation as the
preeminent defender of the freedom to read in libraries.

Robert S. Peck, President
Judith F. Krug, Executive Director

Dallas, Texas
June 1989
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