Books are an essential way to gain knowledge whether they are controversial or not. Thousands of books have been banned from public libraries and schools due to being deemed ‘inappropriate’ by parents, administrators, or religious leaders. Whether Americans should ban books in public libraries and schools is an often debated topic. This censorship of books is dangerous, as it restricts the American people's’ ability to access information, leaving Americans ignorant. Historically, banning books is not a new practice.
American literature has always been a form of entertainment and education. When slaves were introduced as characters in books, they were always negative, stereotypical characters, but not until 1883 when Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a change made. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a book about a southern white boy in the 1800’s that runs away with an escaped slave on the Mississippi River. For years, schools have been debating on if the book should be banned in schools or not, and it is already on a variety of banned lists. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn should not be banned in schools because it is an anti-slavery novel that teaches students valuable lessons and informs students of the past culture.
Book banning is not as common as it is made out to be in the U.S., but it does put a restriction the constitution’s first amendment. To ban a book, in the U.S., from a public or school libraries, for offensive content, a challenge must be made against the book. A challenge can be made by anyone but of the challenges made between “1990 and 2000, there were 6,364 challenges reported...sixty percent were reported by parents, fifteen percent by patrons and nine percent by administrators” (Schools and censorship: Banned Books). Most of these challenges sent to the American Library Association do not get accepted and officially ban the book. Each book that is banned due to its content are for reasons, such as racial issues, violence, negativity,
Without history and civics, we probably would not even know what the civil war was. If we did not have history books, the only thing we would know about is what is going on in society today. In “The Country That Stopped Reading” written by David Toscana of The New York Times, the author mentions how his daughter’s literature teacher banned fiction from her classroom and replaced it with history and biology textbooks. Of course it is a privilege to know about these things, but reading fiction takes the reader to a completely different realm. By being so intrigued by the contents of the book, the reader is taken to a whole different state that is so euphoric.
There is at least 300 books banned a year for foul language, but don’t you think that an invasion of the authors freedom of press and an invasion of children 's first amendment as well? So I think that books should not be banned. I have three main idea the first on is that the books can be about history and they have some language back then that was fine but is not fine today. The second reason is that libraries should be able to hold all types of books but have an age restricted area. The last reason is that it will get rid of children’s first amendment, and the authors first right as well.
The Jim Crow laws in the South made marriage between different races illegal, but in the North interracial relationships were much more accepted. Emmett was alive at a time where the civil rights movement had started before he was born, but had not come to a conclusion. The civil rights movement divided the North and South even more with the level of equality for blacks. A quote from history.com shows this, “Emmett bragged that his girlfriend back home was white. Emmett’s African-American companions, disbelieving him, dared Emmett to ask the white woman sitting behind the store counter for a date.” Emmett’s cousins said that their families prepared them to go to the South.
By examining the profanity, racial content, and references to rape, it’s deemed inappropriate for teens to read and is banned from several school libraries and lessons in school. Does the moral lesson of the story outweigh the so called inappropriate content of the book? Many people would agree with me if I said that To Kill a Mockingbird has a lesson in the story that every child should read and learn
They were mostly children’s books that I certainly didn’t expect to be on there. The witches in Bless me, Ultima are what I suspect makes it a challenged/banned book. I remember reading it and watching the movie my sophomore year of high school and not quite understanding why many people opted out of watching the film. I suppose also that the racial and sexual tensions of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and To Kill a Mockingbird make people uncomfortable, and thus challenge the book. As for children’s book series such as The Stupids and Junie B. Jones, I haven’t the slightest idea.
This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting, also in those years, African Americans in the South faced tremendous obstacles to voting, including poll taxes, literacy tests, and other bureaucratic restrictions to deny them the right to vote. They also risked harassment, intimidation, economic reprisals, and physical violence when they tried to register or vote. As a result, very few African Americans were registered voters, and they had very little, if any, political power, either locally or nationally. They all based on the basic of the basic of the civil rights and the civil liberties.
In the 1960s they decided to force black and whites to go to school together. Nearly all universities banned blacks from attending. Every white person could go to any university they wanted, but blacks were limited lowly about their education. The great depression made it worse. They felt they were no longer under Abraham Lincoln, but was now under Herbert Hoover.