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Censorship ~ Did you ever wonder who blacked out those letters?

April 13, 2017

Pacific Paratrooper

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There was some censoring in the Civil War because letters sometimes had to cross enemy lines. Most of the censoring came from the prisoner-of-war camps. For example, if someone was writing a letter from Andersonville [a Confederate prison camp where many Union soldiers starved] those at the camp didn’t want people to know what was happening, so the prisoners wouldn’t be allowed to say anything bad about a camp. The first heavy censorship of U.S. soldiers took place during World War I
The censors were looking out for two things in World War I and World War II. They didn’t want the soldier to say anything that would be of value to the enemy, such as where they were. They always wanted to camouflage how strong the troops were. “Loose lips sink ships” was the phrase that was very prevalent in WW II and that was the theory in WW…

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4 Comments
  1. Thank you for reblogging. This topic was brought up by a few of active readers – I have a great bunch over there [you included].

  2. Only if I get it right! 🙂

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