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(CON) Banning Books In America

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Alina Hernandez

on 16 December 2014

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Transcript of (CON) Banning Books In America

According to the American Library Association, more than
11,300 books
have been
since 1982.
, however, have been

Freedom of Speech
By: Alina, Hernandez

"There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches." — Ray Bradbury, "Fahrenheit 451"
sexual content, and
gay themes
to profanity and
are the many reasons why "good books" and "American Classics" are being

In 2007 Susan Patron won the Newbery Medal, in children's literature, for The Higher Power of Lucky. All of the good praise ended when elementary school librarians across the country refused to place her book on their shelves. (Whelan. 2009)

The word
was used in the book and
thousands of librarians
believed the book was suddenly
for the age group it was projected to.
The reason many of these books are being challenged is because of the practice of self-censorship.
Censorship can take place anywhere
"Some may argue that librarians are merely selecting what they feel are the best books for kids, and that's not censorship"
A trained
media specialist
to choose a range of titles that
best suit
curriculum needs for students
"But if you reject a book just because of its subject matter or think that it would cause you some problems, then that's self-censorship"
often let their
fear, not principles, guide their choices,
which is deeply unfair to the teens they serve."
In reality librarians
remove books
from their library is because of the
lack of space and money.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Many books with
gay themes or characters
challenged frequently by parents and community members
. Even if the book doesn't have profanity or sexual content.(Whelan. 2009)
Books that are banned from public aren't banned because of assesive profanity words or sex content.

But instead through censorship of others.
Hauss, Brian. "Banned Books Week: The Struggle Against Censorship Continues." American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU Speech, 25 Sept. 2013. Web. 13 Dec. 2014.

Brunner, Borgna. "Banned Books." Infoplease. Infoplease, 17 Sept. 2007. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

"Censorship." Banned Books Week. Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, 8 Oct. 2002. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

Young, Courtney. "Freedom to Read Under Fire as Attempts to Ban Books Continue." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 22 Sept. 2013. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.
Banned Book. 2012. 26. By Aiden Lee.
Banned Book. 2012. 26. By Aiden Lee.
Personal photograph by Burning Man.
Personal photograph By Burning Man.
Censorship 2014. 12. By Dale M. Kushner
Censorship 2014. 12. By Dale M. Kushner
Truth. 2008.08 By damnengine
Truth. 2008.08 By damnengine
322. 2001.
322. 2001.
Prejudice. 2006. By Brian J.
Press Freedom. 2011. By Jena Jones.
Press Freedom. 2011. By Jena Jones.
Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell

Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz

His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman

ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

what is Self-Censorship?
Whelan, Debra Lau. "Books Are Being Banned in the United States." Censorship. Ed. Byron L. Stay. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1997. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "A Dirty Little Secret: Self-Censorship." School Library Journal (1 Feb. 2009). Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 15 Dec. 2014.

But how far are we willing to go in the horrific game of book banning?
Some of the most challenged books in the country include:
As Wikipedia states it, Self-censorship is when one is classifying work of art or any other form of self expression, out of fear. Without overt pressure from any specific party or institution of authority.
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