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Book Banning & Burning Throughout History

Authors of banned books have been ostracized, exiled, or even threatened with death. During certain periods, merely possessing a banned book was a crime. Here’s a brief timeline of book bannings, burnings, and other censorship tactics.

By |April 19th, 2023|Categories: On Censorship|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

The New English Canaan: The first book banned in the United States

Thomas Morton’s blistering satire The New English Canaan was the first book to be banned in the United States. The Perfect choice for Right to Read Day.

By |March 22nd, 2023|Categories: Banned Books|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Slaughterhouse-Five: Jumbled, Jangled… and Burned.

Kurt Vonnegut's darkly funny anti-war novel has been banned at least eighteen times. Protagonist Billy Pilgrim has not only "come unstuck in time," he's abducted by aliens. But why? What real life scenario does this reflect?

Love Letters to the Library

Legislatively speaking, libraries have taken a pretty big hit lately. These letters serve to remind us of what's at stake when state-sponsored censorship comes into play.

Maus: Why it Should be Unbanned.

Maus' removal from the curriculum of a school district in Tennessee made national headlines. This essay addresses why that decision should be reversed.

Show Me on the Doll Where This Book Hurt You

A poem that addresses not only the limited thinking behind censorship, but also the dangerous implications of the practice. By Daniel W. Wright.

By |December 9th, 2021|Categories: 12-21, Guest Essayists, On Censorship|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Lottery: Who’s the Lucky Scapegoat?

The Lottery ends with a famously disturbing plot twist, one that has provoked controversy since the instant it appeared in The New Yorker. What point was Shirley Jackson making?

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