Think for yourself & let others do the same

I am a little late with this post – but; better late than never. 

The American Library Association’s annual Banned Books Week was Sept 24 – Oct 2.  Listed below is just a small sample of books that have been banned.  

Banned for being too political ::

1852 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

1928 – All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

1939 – The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

1940 – For Whom The Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway

1957 – Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak

Banned for containing too much sex ::

1856 – Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

1926 – The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

1956 – Peyton Place, Grace Metallous

1969 – I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

1974 – Jaw, Peter Benchley

1986 – The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy

Banned for being socially offensive ::

1791 – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin

1850 – The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne

1884 – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

1936 – Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

1947 – Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank

1960 – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

1961 – James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

1966 – In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

1981 – Cujo, Steven King

1982 – The Color Purple, Alice Walker

1991 – A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley

1997-2007 – Harry Potter Series, J K Rowling

Statement U.S. Supreme Court Justice William Brennan made in the case Texas v. Johnson,  he wrote, “If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment, it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”  Instead, in the United States, individuals may choose to restrict what they themselves or their children read and allow others the same right and freedom.  “Think for yourself and let others do the same,” is the 2010 Banned Book Week theme. Not bad advice for any week!

Want to know more ??   Check out these websites

http://thedailycougar.com/2010/10/06/book-banning-is-unintelligible/

http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2010/0928/Banned-Books-Week-5-books-almost-anyone-might-want-to-ban

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-hopkins/banned-books-anticensorship-manifesto_b_744219.html

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