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Book Censorship

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sarah benjamin

on 1 June 2016

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“Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.”
-Laurie Halse Anderson
>the removal of a book from the shelf of a library. It can be enacted at the national or subnational level, and can carry legal penalties. Books may also be challenged at a local community level, although successful bans do not extend outside that area.
What is book Censorship
Whats wrong with banning books?
Books that have been banned and why
Why are they banned?
Each book that is banned or censored is done so for the content within the pages. There are a few common reasons that books have been banned or censored in schools, libraries, and book stores. These include:
Sarah Benjamin
Book Censorship
Blasphemous Dialog:
The author of the book uses words such as "God" or "Jesus" as profanity. This could also include any use of profanity or swear words within the text that any reader might find offensive.
Racial Issues:
About and/or encouraging racism towards one or more group of people
Encouragement of "Damaging" Lifestyles:
Content of book encourages lifestyle choices that are not of the norm or could be considered dangerous or damaging. This could include drug use, co-habitation without marriage, or homosexuality.
Violence or Negativity:
Books with content that include violence are often banned or censored. Some books have also been deemed too negative or depressing and have been banned or censored as well
“If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty."
-John F. Kennedy
1. There's something called the First Amendment.

2. The majority can be wrong, so we shouldn’t leave it up to whoever is currently the majority to censor what is being said and done. We need to have the ability to freely and openly disagree. The freedom we have to say stupid/bad ideas is the very same freedom we have to refute and disagree with those ideas.

3. Kids should already have a censor in place—it's called a parent. While I do feel bad for the kid who is told he or she can't read Harry Potter books, I respect the role of a parent to know when their child is ready, or not, for certain forms of literature. But just theirs.

4. Books serve the greater good. Books inspire, advocate, unite, entertain, inform. And the people against those things? They are the greater danger.

5. Books are powerful. Books can change lives. Books can change the world—for better or worse. Books can do terrible and great things. Few things have the ability to change the world like books do.

The Bible is banned or greatly restricted in a number of countries including North Korea.
>Recently, Russia has banned the import of some
Bible translations.

>Historically, some countries banned the Bible in certain languages or versions.

>The Bible in Spanish was prohibited in Spain from the sixteenth until the nineteenth century.

>In 1234, King James I of Aragon ordered the burning of Bibles in the vernacular.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
>Formerly banned in the province of Hunan, China, beginning in 1931, for its portrayal of anthropomorphized animals acting on the same level of complexity as human beings.

>The censor General Ho Chien believed that attributing human language to animals was an insult to humans.

>He feared that the book would teach children to regard humans and animals on the same level, which would be "disastrous".
Was temporarily banned in many places in the US. In the state of California in which it was partially set, it was banned for its alleged unflattering portrayal of area residents
The Grapes of Wrath
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
> banned f
rom schools in Michigan because it contains "pornographic" passages.

Other common books that have been banned:
>Uncle Tom's Cabin
>Where the Wild Things Are
>To Kill a Mockingbird
>The Scarlet Letter
>Moby-Dick; or The Whale
>The Great Gatsby
>The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Work cited:
6 Historical High Points For Book Banning
>Qin Shi Huang burns Confucian writings
(~221-210 B.C.)

>Girolamo Savonarola holds bonfires of the vanities

>Index Librorum Prohibitorum established by Pope Paul IV

>The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption by William Pynchon banned in New England colonies

>The Sorrows of Young Werther banned in several European jurisdictions

>Dr. Thomas Bowdler publishes expurgated Shakespeare
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