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The ALA Workplace for Mental Freedom information makes an attempt to take away books from libraries, faculties, and universities. These titles are books on the Radcliffe Publishing Course Prime 100 Novels of the twentieth Century which were banned or challenged.

When you’ve got details about bans or challenges, please contact the Workplace for Mental Freedom. If you need to help the workplace’s work in offering confidential help to libraries and faculties that face censorship makes an attempt, please contemplate making a donation.

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The Nice Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • Challenged on the Baptist Faculty in Charleston, SC (1987) due to “language and sexual references within the e-book.

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The Catcher within the Rye, by JD Salinger

Since its publication, this title has been a favourite goal of censors.

  • Catcher in the RyeIn 1960, a instructor in Tulsa, OK was fired for assigning the e-book to an eleventh grade English class. The instructor appealed and was reinstated by the varsity board, however the e-book was faraway from use within the faculty.
  • In 1963, a delegation of oldsters of highschool college students in Columbus, OH, requested the varsity board to ban the novel for being “anti-white” and “obscene.” The varsity board refused the request.
  • Faraway from the Selinsgrove, PA instructed studying record (1975). Primarily based on dad and mom’ objections to the language and content material of the e-book, the varsity board voted 5-4 to ban the e-book. The e-book was later reinstated within the curriculum when the board discovered that the vote was unlawful as a result of they wanted a two-thirds vote for elimination of the textual content.
  • Challenged as an project in an American literature class in Pittsgrove, NJ (1977). After months of controversy, the board dominated that the novel could possibly be learn within the Superior Placement class, however they gave dad and mom the precise to resolve whether or not or not their kids would learn it.
  • Faraway from the Issaquah, WA elective Excessive College studying record (1978).
  • Faraway from the required studying record in Middleville, MI (1979).
  • Faraway from the Jackson Milton faculty libraries in North Jackson, OH (1980).
  • Faraway from two Anniston, AL Highschool libraries (1982), however later reinstated on a restrictive foundation.
  • Faraway from the varsity libraries in Morris, Manitoba (1982) together with two different books as a result of they violate the committee’s pointers protecting “extra vulgar language, sexual scenes, issues regarding ethical points, extreme violence, and something coping with the occult.”
  • Challenged on the Libby, MT Excessive College (1983) as a result of “e-book’s contents.”
  • Banned from English courses on the Freeport Excessive College in De Funiak Springs, FL (1985) as a result of it’s “unacceptable” and “obscene.”
  • Faraway from the required studying record of a Drugs Bow, WY Senior Excessive College English class (1986) due to sexual references and profanity within the e-book.
  • Banned from a required sophomore English studying record on the Napoleon, ND Excessive College (1987) after dad and mom and the native Knights of Columbus chapter complained about its profanity and sexual references.
  • Challenged on the Linton-Stockton, IN Excessive College (1988) as a result of the e-book is “blasphemous and undermines morality.”
  • Banned from the lecture rooms in Boron, CA Excessive College (1989) as a result of the e-book comprises profanity. Challenged on the Grayslake, IL Group Excessive College (1991).
  • Challenged on the Jamaica Excessive College in Sidell, IL (1992) as a result of the e-book comprises profanities and depicts premarital intercourse, alcohol abuse, and prostitution.
  • Challenged within the Waterloo, IA faculties (1992) and Duval County, FL public faculty libraries (1992) due to profanity, lurid passages about intercourse, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, girls, and the disabled.
  • Challenged on the Cumberland Valley Excessive College in Carlisle, PA (1992) due to a mother or father’s objections that it comprises profanity and is immoral.
  • Challenged, however retained, on the New Richmond, WI Excessive College (1994) to be used in some English courses.
  • Challenged as required studying within the Corona Norco, CA Unified College District (1993) as a result of it’s “centered round destructive exercise.” The e-book was retained and lecturers chosen options if college students object to Salinger’s novel.
  • Challenged as necessary studying within the Goffstown, NH faculties (1994) due to the vulgar phrases used and the sexual exploits skilled within the e-book.
  • Challenged on the St. Johns County Faculties in St. Augustine, FL (1995).
  • Challenged on the Oxford Hills Excessive College in Paris, ME (1996). A mother or father objected to using the ‘F’ phrase.
  • Challenged, however retained, on the Glynn Academy Excessive College in Brunswick, GA (1997). A pupil objected to the novel’s profanity and sexual references.
  • Eliminated due to profanity and sexual conditions from the required studying curriculum of the Marysville, CA Joint Unified College District (1997). The varsity superintendent eliminated it to get it “out of the best way in order that we did not have that polarization over a e-book.”
  • Challenged, however retained on the cabinets of Limestone County, AL faculty district (2000) regardless of objections in regards to the e-book’s foul language.
  • Banned, however later reinstated after group protests on the Windsor Forest Excessive College in Savannah, GA (2000). The controversy started in early 1999 when a mother or father complained about intercourse, violence, and profanity within the e-book that was a part of an Superior Placement English class.
  • Eliminated by a Dorchester District 2 faculty board member in Summerville, SC (2001) as a result of it “is a grimy, filthy e-book.”
  • Challenged by a Glynn County, GA (2001) faculty board member due to profanity. The novel was retained.
  • Challenged within the Large Sky Excessive College in Missoula, MT (2009).

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

  • Burned by the East St. Louis, IL Public Library (1939) and barred from the Buffalo, NY Public Library (1939) on the grounds that “vulgar phrases” had been used. Banned in Kansas Metropolis, MO (1939).
  • Banned in Kern County CA, the scene of Steinbeck’s novel (1939).
  • Banned in Eire (1953).
  • On Feb. 21, 1973, eleven Turkish e-book publishers went on trial earlier than an Istanbul martial legislation tribunal on fees of publishing, possessing and promoting books in violation of an order of the Istanbul martial legislation command. They confronted doable sentences of between one month’s and 6 months’ imprisonment “for spreading propaganda unfavorable to the state” and the confiscation of their books. Eight booksellers had been additionally on trial with the publishers on the identical cost involving The Grapes of Wrath.
  • Banned in Kanawha, IA Excessive College courses (1980).
  • Challenged in Vernon Verona Sherill, NY College District (1980).
  • Challenged as required studying for Richford, VT (1981) Excessive College English college students as a result of e-book’s language and portrayal of a former minister who recounts how he took benefit of a younger girl.
  • Banned in Morris, Manitoba, Canada (1982).
  • Faraway from two Anniston, Ala. highschool libraries (1982), however later reinstated on a restrictive foundation.
  • Challenged on the Cummings Excessive College in Burlington, NC (1986) as an elective studying project as a result of the “e-book is filled with filth. My son is being raised in a Christian residence and this e-book takes the Lord’s title in useless and has all types of profanity in it.” Though the mother or father spoke to the press, a proper grievance with the varsity demanding the e-book’s elimination was not filed.
  • Challenged on the Moore County faculty system in Carthage, NC (1986) as a result of the e-book comprises the part “God rattling.”
  • Challenged within the Greenville, SC faculties (1991) as a result of the e-book makes use of the title of God and Jesus in a “useless and profane method together with inappropriate sexual references.”
  • Challenged within the Union Metropolis, TN Excessive College courses (1993).

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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

  • To Kill a MockingbirdChallenged in Eden Valley, MN (1977) and briefly banned because of phrases “rattling” and “whore woman” used within the novel.
  • Challenged within the Vernon Verona Sherill, NY College District (1980) as a “filthy, trashy novel.”
  • Challenged on the Warren, IN Township faculties (1981) as a result of the e-book does “psychological injury to the constructive integration course of” and “represents institutionalized racism beneath the guise of fine literature.” After unsuccessfully making an attempt to ban Lee’s novel, three black dad and mom resigned from the township human relations advisory council.
  • Challenged within the Waukegan, IL College District (1984) as a result of the novel makes use of the phrase “nigger.”
  • Challenged within the Kansas Metropolis, MO junior excessive faculties (1985). Challenged on the Park Hill, MO Junior Excessive College (1985) as a result of the novel “comprises profanity and racial slurs.” Retained on a supplemental eighth grade studying record within the Casa Grande, AZ Elementary College District (1985), regardless of the protests by black dad and mom and the Nationwide Affiliation for the Development of Coloured Individuals who charged the e-book was unfit for junior excessive use.
  • Challenged on the Santa Cruz, CA Faculties (1995) due to its racial themes. Faraway from the Southwood Excessive College Library in Caddo Parish, LA (1995) as a result of the e-book’s language and content material had been objectionable.
  • Challenged on the Moss Level, MS College District (1996) as a result of the novel comprises a racial epithet. Banned from the Lindale, TX superior placement English studying record (1996) as a result of the e-book “conflicted with the values of the group.”
  • Challenged by a Glynn County, GA (2001) College Board member due to profanity. The novel was retained. Returned to the freshman studying record at Muskogee, OK Excessive College (2001) regardless of complaints over time from black college students and oldsters about racial slurs within the textual content.
  • Challenged within the Regular, IL Group Excessive College’s sophomore literature class (2003) as being degrading to African Individuals.
  • Challenged on the Stanford Center College in Durham, NC (2004) as a result of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel makes use of the phrase “nigger.”
  • Challenged on the Brentwood, TN Center College (2006) as a result of the e-book comprises “profanity” and “comprises grownup themes akin to sexual activity, rape, and incest.” The complainants additionally contend that the e-book’s use of racial slurs promotes “racial hatred, racial division, racial separation, and promotes white supremacy.”
  • Retained within the English curriculum by the Cherry Hill, NJ Board of Schooling (2007). A resident had objected to the novel’s depiction of how blacks are handled by members of a racist white group in an Alabama city through the Despair. The resident feared the e-book would upset black kids studying it.
  • Eliminated (2009) from the St. Edmund Campion Secondary College school rooms in Brampton Ontario, Canada as a result of a mother or father objected to language used within the novel, together with the phrase “nigger.”

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The Shade Purple, by Alice Walker

  • Challenged as acceptable studying for Oakland, CA Excessive College honors class (1984) as a result of work’s “sexual and social explicitness” and its “troubling concepts about race relations, man’s relationship to God, African historical past, and human sexuality.” After 9 months of haggling and delays, a divided Oakland Board of Schooling gave formal approval for the e-book’s use.
  • Rejected for buy by the Hayward, CA faculty’s trustee (1985) due to “tough language” and “express intercourse scenes.”
  • Faraway from the open cabinets of the Newport Information, VA faculty library (1986) due to its “profanity and sexual references” and positioned in a particular part accessible solely to college students over the age of 18 or who’ve written permission from a mother or father. Challenged on the public libraries of Saginaw, MI (1989) as a result of it was “too sexually graphic for a 12-year-old.”
  • Challenged as a summer season youth program studying project in Chattanooga, TN (1989) due to its language and “explicitness.”
  • Challenged as an elective studying assigned in Ten Sleep, WY faculties (1990).
  • Challenged as a studying project on the New Burn, NC Excessive College (1992) as a result of the primary character is raped by her stepfather.
  • Banned within the Souderton, PA Space College District (1992) as acceptable studying for tenth graders as a result of it’s “smut.” Challenged on the curricular studying record at Pomperaug Excessive College in Southbury, CT (1995) as a result of sexually express passages aren’t acceptable highschool studying.
  • Retained as an English course studying project within the Junction Metropolis, OR highschool (1995) after a problem to Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel brought about months of controversy. Though an alternate project was obtainable, the e-book was challenged because of “inappropriate language, graphic sexual scenes, and e-book’s destructive picture of black males.”
  • Challenged on the St. Johns County Faculties in St. Augustine, FL (1995). Retained on the Spherical Rock, TX Unbiased Excessive College studying record (1996) after a problem that the e-book was too violent.
  • Challenged, however retained, as a part of the studying record for Superior Placement English courses at Northwest Excessive Faculties in Excessive Level, NC (1996). The e-book was challenged as a result of it’s “sexually graphic and violent.”
  • Faraway from the Jackson County, WV faculty libraries (1997) together with sixteen different titles. Challenged, however retained as a part of a supplemental studying record on the Shawnee College in Lima, OH (1999). A number of dad and mom described its content material as vulgar and “X-rated.”
  • Faraway from the Ferguson Excessive College library in Newport Information, VA (1999). College students might request and borrow the e-book with parental approval.
  • Challenged, together with seventeen different titles within the Fairfax County, VA elementary and secondary libraries (2002), by a gaggle referred to as Dad and mom In opposition to Dangerous Books in Faculties. The group contends the books “include profanity and descriptions of drug abuse, sexually express conduct, and torture.”
  • Challenged in Burke County (2008) faculties in Morganton, NC by dad and mom involved in regards to the homosexuality, rape, and incest portrayed within the e-book.

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Ulysses, by James Joyce

  • Burned within the U.S. (1918), Eire (1922), Canada (1922), England (1923) and banned in England (1929).

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Beloved, by Toni Morrison

  • Challenged on the St. Johns County Faculties in St. Augustine, FL (1995). Retained on the Spherical Rock, TX Unbiased Excessive College studying record (1996) after a problem that the e-book was too violent.
  • Challenged by a member of the Madawaska, ME College Committee (1997) due to the e-book’s language. The 1987 Pulitzer Prize profitable novel has been required studying for the superior placement English class for six years.
  • Challenged within the Sarasota County, FL faculties (1998) due to sexual materials. Retained on the Northwest Suburban Excessive College District 214 studying itemizing in Arlington Heights, IL (2006), together with eight different challenged titles. A board member, elected amid guarantees to deliver her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy primarily based on excerpts from the books she’d discovered on the Web.
  • Challenged within the Coeur d’Alene College District, ID (2007). Some dad and mom say the e-book, together with 5 others, ought to require parental permission for college kids to learn them.
  • Pulled from the senior Superior Placement (AP) English class at Japanese Excessive College in Louisville, KY (2007) as a result of two dad and mom complained that the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about antebellum slavery depicted the inappropriate matters of bestiality, racism, and intercourse. The principal ordered lecturers to begin over with The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne in preparation for upcoming AP exams.

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The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding

  • Challenged on the Dallas, TX Unbiased College District highschool libraries (1974).
  • Challenged on the Sully Buttes, SD Excessive College (1981). Challenged on the Owen, NC Excessive College (1981) as a result of the e-book is “demoralizing inasmuch because it implies that man is little greater than an animal.”
  • Challenged on the Marana, AZ Excessive College (1983) as an inappropriate studying project.
  • Challenged on the Olney, TX Unbiased College District (1984) due to “extreme violence and unhealthy language.” A committee of the Toronto, Canada Board of Schooling dominated on June 23, 1988, that the novel is “racist and beneficial that it’s faraway from all faculties.” Dad and mom and members of the black group complained a few reference to “niggers” within the e-book and stated it denigrates blacks.
  • Challenged within the Waterloo, IA faculties (1992) due to profanity, lurid passages about intercourse, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, girls and the disabled.
  • Challenged, however retained on the ninth-grade accelerated English studying record in Bloomfield, NY (2000).

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1984, by George Orwell

  • Challenged within the Jackson County, FL (1981) as a result of Orwell’s novel is “pro-communist and contained express sexual matter.”

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Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov

  • Banned as obscene in France (1956-1959), in England (1955-59), in Argentina (1959), and in New Zealand (1960). The South African Directorate of Publications introduced on November 27, 1982, that Lolita has been taken off the banned record, eight years after a request for permission to market the novel in paperback had been refused.
  • Challenged on the Marion-Levy Public Library System in Ocala, FL (2006). The Marion County commissioners voted to have the county legal professional assessment the novel that addresses the themes of pedophilia and incest, to find out if it meets the state legislation’s definition of “unsuitable for minors.”

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Of Mice and Males, by John Steinbeck

  • Banned in Eire (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil Metropolis, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and different communities.
  • Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY College District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Inform Metropolis, IN (1982) because of “profanity and utilizing God’s title in useless.”
  • Banned from classroom use on the Scottsboro, AL Skyline Excessive College (1983) because of “profanity.” The Knoxville, TN College Board chairman vowed to have “filthy books” faraway from Knoxville’s public faculties (1984) and picked Steinbeck’s novel as the primary goal because of “its vulgar language.”
  • Reinstated on the Christian County, KY faculty libraries and English courses (1987) after being challenged as vulgar and offensive.
  • Challenged within the Marion County, WV faculties (1988), on the Wheaton Warrenville, IL Center College (1988), and on the Berrien Springs, MI Excessive College (1988) as a result of the e-book comprises profanity.
  • Faraway from the Northside Excessive College in Tuscaloosa, AL (1989) as a result of the e-book “has profane use of God’s title.”
  • Challenged as a summer season youth program studying project in Chattanooga, TN (1989) as a result of “Steinbeck is thought to have had an anti enterprise perspective.” As well as, “he was very questionable as to his patriotism.” Faraway from all studying lists and picked up on the White Chapel Excessive College in Pine Bluff, AR (1989) due to objections to language.
  • Challenged as acceptable for highschool studying lists within the Shelby County, TN faculty system (1989) as a result of the novel comprises “offensive language.”
  • Challenged, however retained in a Salina, KS (1990) tenth grade English class regardless of considerations that it comprises “profanity” and “takes the Lord’s title in useless.”
  • Challenged by a Fresno, CA (1991) mother or father as a tenth grade English school preparatory curriculum project, citing profanity” and “racial slurs.” The e-book was retained, and the kid of the objecting mother or father was supplied with an alternate studying project. Challenged within the Rivera, TX faculties (1990) as a result of it comprises profanity.
  • Challenged as curriculum materials on the Ringgold Excessive College in Carroll Township, PA (1991) as a result of the novel comprises terminology offensive to blacks. Eliminated and later returned to the Suwannee, FL Excessive College library (1991) as a result of the e-book is “indecent”
  • Challenged on the Jacksboro, TN Excessive College (1991) as a result of the novel comprises “blasphemous” language, extreme cursing, and sexual overtones.
  • Challenged as required studying within the Buckingham County, VA faculties (1991) due to profanity. In 1992 a coalition of group members and clergy in Cellular, AL requested that native faculty officers type a particular textbook screening committee to “weed out objectionable issues.” Steinbeck’s novel was the primary goal as a result of it comprises “profanity” and “morbid and miserable themes.”
  • Briefly faraway from the Hamilton, OH Excessive College studying record (1992) after a mother or father complained about its vulgarity and racial slurs.
  • Challenged within the Waterloo, IA faculties (1992) and the Duval County, FL public faculty libraries (1992) due to profanity, lurid passages about intercourse, and statements defamatory to minorities, God, girls, and the disabled.
  • Challenged on the Modesto, CA Excessive College as beneficial studying (1992) due to “offensive and racist language.” The phrase “nigger” seems within the e-book.
  • Challenged on the Oak Hill Excessive College in Alexandria, LA (1992) due to profanity. Challenged as an acceptable English curriculum project on the Mingus, AZ Union Excessive College (1993) due to “profane language, ethical assertion, remedy of the retarded, and the violent ending.”
  • Pulled from a classroom by the Putnam County, TN faculty superintendent (1994) “as a result of language.” Later, after discussions with the varsity district counsel, it was reinstated.
  • The e-book was challenged within the Loganville, GA Excessive College (1994) due to its “vulgar language all through.”
  • Challenged within the Galena, KS faculty library (1995) due to the e-book’s language and social implications.
  • Retained within the Bemidji, MN faculties (1995) after challenges to the e-book’s “objectionable” language. Challenged on the Stephens County Excessive College library in Toccoa, GA (I995) due to “curse phrases.” The e-book was retained.
  • Challenged, however retained in a Heat Springs, VA Excessive College (1995) English class. Banned from the Washington Junior Excessive College curriculum in Peru, IL (1997) as a result of it was deemed “age inappropriate.”
  • Challenged, however retained, within the Louisville, OH highschool English courses (1997) due to profanity.
  • Eliminated, restored, restricted, and finally retained on the Bay County faculties in Panama Metropolis, FL (1997). A citizen group, the 100 Black United, Inc., requested the novel’s elimination and “some other inadmissible literary books which have racial slurs in them, such because the utilizing of the phrase ‘Nigger.'”
  • Challenged as a studying record project for a ninth grade literature class, however retained on the Sauk Rapids Rice Excessive College in St. Cloud, MN (1997). A mother or father complained that the e-book’s use of racist language led to racist habits and racial harassment.
  • Challenged in O’Hara Park Center College school rooms in Oakley, CA (1998) as a result of it comprises racial epithets.
  • Challenged, however retained, within the Bryant, AR faculty library (1998) due to a mother or father’s grievance that the e-book “takes God’s title in useless 15 instances and makes use of Jesus’s title evenly.”
  • Challenged on the Barron, WI College District (1998). Challenged, however retained within the sophomore curriculum at West Middlesex, PA Excessive College (1999) regardless of objections to the novel’s profanity.
  • Challenged within the Tomah, WI College District (1999) as a result of the novel is violent and comprises obscenities.
  • Challenged as required studying at the highschool in Grandville, MI (2002) as a result of the e-book “is filled with racism, profanity, and foul language.”
  • Banned from the George County, MS faculties (2002) due to profanity. Challenged within the Regular, IL Group Excessive Faculties (2003) as a result of the books comprises “racial slurs, profanity, violence, and doesn’t characterize conventional values.” Another e-book, Steinbeck’s The Pearl, was supplied however rejected by the household difficult the novel. The committee then beneficial The Home on Mango Road and The Method to Wet Mountain as options.
  • Retained within the Greencastle-Antrim, PA (2006) tenth-grade English courses. A grievance was filed due to “racial slurs” and profanity used all through the novel. The e-book has been utilized in the highschool for greater than thirty years, and people who object to its content material have the choice of studying an alternate studying.
  • Challenged on the Newton, IA Excessive College (2007) due to considerations about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton Excessive College has required college students to learn the e-book since a minimum of the early Nineteen Eighties. In neighboring Des Moines, it’s on the beneficial studying record for ninth-grade English, and it’s used for some particular training college students within the eleventh and twelfth grades.
  • Retained within the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) regardless of a mother or father calling the novel a “nugatory, profanity-riddled e-book” which is “derogatory in the direction of African Individuals, girls, and the developmentally disabled.”

Catch-22, by Joseph Heller

  • Banned in Strongsville, OH (1972), however the faculty board’s motion was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court docket in Minarcini v. Strongsville Metropolis College District.
  • Challenged on the Dallas, TX Unbiased College District highschool libraries (1974); in Snoqualmie, WA (1979) due to its a number of references to girls as “whores.”

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Courageous New World, by Aldous Huxley

  • Banned in Eire (1932). Faraway from school rooms in Miller, MO (1980), as a result of it makes promiscuous intercourse “seem like enjoyable.”
  • Challenged regularly all through the united statesas required studying. Challenged as required studying on the Yukon, OK Excessive College (1988) due to “the e-book’s language and ethical content material.”
  • Challenged as required studying within the Corona-Norco, CA Unified College District (1993) as a result of it’s “centered round destructive exercise.” Particularly, dad and mom objected that the characters’ sexual habits straight opposed the well being curriculum, which taught sexual abstinence till marriage. The e-book was retained, and lecturers chosen options if college students object to Huxley’s novel.
  • Faraway from the Foley, AL Excessive College Library (2000) pending assessment, as a result of a mother or father complained that its characters confirmed contempt for faith, marriage, and household. The mother or father complained to the varsity and to Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
  • Challenged, however retained within the South Texas Unbiased College District in Mercedes, TX (2003). Dad and mom objected to the grownup themes—sexuality, medication, suicide—that appeared within the novel. Huxley’s e-book was a part of the summer season Science Academy curriculum. The board voted to offer dad and mom extra management over their kids’s decisions by requiring principals to routinely supply an alternative choice to a challenged e-book.
  • Retained within the Coeur D’Alene, ID College District (2008) regardless of objections that the e-book has too many references to intercourse and drug use.

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Animal Farm, by George Orwell

  • Animal FarmA Wisconsin survey revealed in 1963 that the John Birch Society had challenged the novel’s use; it objected to the phrases “lots will revolt.” In 1968, the New York State English Council’s Committee on Protection In opposition to Censorship performed a comparable examine in New York State English school rooms. Its findings recognized the novel on its record of “drawback books”; the explanation cited was that “Orwell was a communist.”
  • Suppressed from being displayed on the 1977 Moscow, Russia Worldwide Ebook Honest.
  • A survey of censorship challenges within the faculties, performed in DeKalb County for the interval of 1979 to 1982, revealed that the novel had been objected to for its political theories.
  • Banned from Bay County’s 4 center faculties and three excessive faculties in Panama Metropolis, FL by the Bay County faculty superintendent in 1987. After 44 dad and mom filed a go well with towards the district claiming that its tutorial aids coverage denies constitutional rights, the Bay County College Board reinstated the e-book, together with sixty-four others banned.
  • Banned from faculties within the United Arab Emirates, together with 125 others in 2002. The Ministry of Schooling banned it on the grounds that it comprises written or illustrated materials that contradicts Islamic and Arab values—on this textual content, footage of alcoholic drinks, pigs, and different “indecent photos.”

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The Solar Additionally Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

  • Banned in Boston, MA (1930), Eire (1953), Riverside, CA (1960), San Jose, CA (1960).
  • Burned in Nazi bonfires in Germany (1933).

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As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

  • Banned within the Graves County College District in Mayfield, KY (1986) as a result of it comprises “offensive and obscene passages referring to abortion and used God’s title in useless.” The choice was reversed every week later after intense strain from the ACLU and appreciable destructive publicity.
  • Challenged as a required studying project in a complicated English class of Pulaski County Excessive College in Somerset, KY (1987) as a result of the e-book comprises “profanity and a phase about masturbation.”
  • Challenged, however retained, within the Carroll County, MD faculties (1991). Two faculty board members had been involved in regards to the e-book’s coarse language and dialect. Banned at Central Excessive College in Louisville, KY (1994) briefly as a result of the e-book makes use of profanity and questions the existence of God.

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A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway

  • The June 1929 challenge of Scribner’s Journal, which ran Hemingway’s novel, was banned in Boston, MA (1929).
  • Banned in Italy (1929) due to its painfully correct account of the Italian retreat from Caporetto, Italy.
  • Burned by the Nazis in Germany (1933).
  • Banned in Eire (1939). Challenged on the Dallas, TX Unbiased College District highschool libraries (1974).
  • Challenged on the Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY College District (1980) as a “intercourse novel.”

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Their Eyes Had been Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

  • Challenged for sexual explicitness, however retained on the Stonewall Jackson Excessive College’s academically superior studying record in Brentsville, VA (1997). A mother or father objected to the novel’s language and sexual explicitness.

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Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison

  • Excerpts banned in Butler, PA (1975).
  • Faraway from the highschool English studying record in St. Francis, WI (1975).
  • Retained within the Yakima, WA faculties (1994) after a five-month dispute over what superior highschool college students ought to learn within the classroom. Two dad and mom raised considerations about profanity and pictures of violence and sexuality within the e-book and requested that it’s faraway from the studying record.

Track of Solomon, by Toni Morrison

  • Song of SolomonChallenged, however retained, within the Columbus, OH faculties (1993). The complainant believed that the e-book comprises language degrading to blacks, and is sexually express.
  • Faraway from required studying lists and library cabinets within the Richmond County, GA. College District (1994) after a mother or father complained that passages from the e-book are “filthy and inappropriate.”
  • Challenged on the St. Johns County Faculties in St. Augustine, FL (1995). Faraway from the St. Mary’s County, MD faculties’ permitted textual content record (1998) by the superintendent, overruling a school committee advice. Complainants referred to the novel as “filth,” “trash,” and “repulsive.”
  • Reinstated within the Shelby, MI faculty Superior Placement English curriculum (2009), however dad and mom are to be told in writing and at a gathering in regards to the e-book’s content material. College students not desirous to learn the e-book can select an alternate with out educational penalty. The superintendent had suspended the e-book from the curriculum.

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Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

  • Banned from Anaheim, CA Union Excessive College District English school rooms (1978).
  • Challenged in Waukegan, IL College District (1984) as a result of the novel makes use of the phrase “nigger.”

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Native Son, by Richard Wright

  • Challenged in Goffstown, NH (1978); Elmwood Park, NJ (1978) because of “objectionable” language; and North Adams, MA (1981) as a result of e-book’s “violence, intercourse, and profanity.”
  • Challenged on the Berrian Springs, MI Excessive College in school rooms and libraries (1988) as a result of the novel is “vulgar, profane, and sexually express.”
  • Retained within the Yakima, WA faculties (1994) after a five-month dispute over what superior highschool college students ought to learn within the classroom. Two dad and mom raised considerations about profanity and pictures of violence and sexuality within the e-book and requested that it’s faraway from the studying record.
  • Challenged as a part of the studying record for Superior Placement English courses at Northwest Excessive College in Excessive Level, NC (1996). The e-book was challenged as a result of it’s “sexually graphic and violent.”
  • Faraway from Irvington Excessive College in Fremont, CA (1998) after a number of dad and mom complained the e-book was unnecessarily violent and sexually express.
  • Challenged within the Hamilton Excessive College curriculum in Fort Wayne, IN (1998) due to the novel’s graphic language and sexual content material.

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

  • Challenged within the Greeley, CO public faculty district (1971) as a non-required American Tradition studying.
  • In 1974, 5 residents of Strongsville, OH, sued the board of training to take away the novel. Labeling it “pornographic,” they charged the novel “glorifies legal exercise, tends to deprave juveniles and comprises descriptions of bestiality, weird violence, and torture, dismemberment, loss of life, and human elimination.”
  • Faraway from public faculty libraries in Randolph, NY, and Alton, OK (1975).
  • Faraway from the required studying record in Westport, MA (1977).
  • Banned from the St. Anthony, ID Freemont Excessive College school rooms (1978) and the trainer fired. The instructor sued. A call within the case—Fogarty v. Atchley—was by no means revealed.
  • Challenged on the Merrimack, NH Excessive College (1982).
  • Challenged as a part of the curriculum in an Aberdeen, WA Excessive College honors English class (1986) as a result of the e-book promotes “secular humanism.” The varsity board voted to retain the title.
  • Challenged on the Placentia-Yorba Linda, CA Unified College District (2000) after complaints by dad and mom said that lecturers “can select the most effective books, however they preserve selecting this rubbish time and again.”

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Slaughterhouse 5, by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Slaughterhouse FiveChallenged in lots of communities, however burned in Drake, ND (1973).
  • Banned in Rochester, MI as a result of the novel “comprises and makes references to non secular issues” and thus fell throughout the ban of the institution clause. An appellate courtroom upheld its utilization within the faculty in Todd v Rochester Group Faculties, 41 Mich. App. 320, 200 N. W second 90 (1972).
  • Banned in Levittown, NY (1975), North Jackson, OH (1979), and Lakeland, FL (1982) due to the “e-book’s express sexual scenes, violence, and obscene language.”
  • Barred from buy on the Washington Park Excessive College in Racine, WI (1984) by the district administrative assistant for tutorial companies.
  • Challenged on the Owensboro, KY Excessive College library (1985) due to “foul language, a bit depicting an image of an act of bestiality, a reference to ‘Magic Fingers’ connected to the protagonist’s mattress to assist him sleep, and the sentence: ‘The gun made a ripping sound just like the opening of the fly of God Almighty.”‘
  • Restricted to college students who’ve parental permission on the 4 Racine, WI Unified District highschool libraries (1986) due to “language used within the e-book, depictions of torture, ethnic slurs, and destructive portrayals of ladies.”
  • Challenged on the LaRue County, KY Excessive College library (1987) as a result of “the e-book comprises foul language and promotes deviant sexual habits.”
  • Banned from the Fitzgerald, GA faculties (1987) as a result of it was stuffed with profanity and filled with express sexual references:’ Challenged within the Baton Rouge, LA public highschool libraries (1988) as a result of the e-book is “vulgar and offensive:’
  • Challenged within the Monroe, MI public faculties (1989) as required studying in a modem novel course for highschool juniors and seniors due to the e-book’s language and the best way girls are portrayed.
  • Retained on the Spherical Rock, TX Unbiased Excessive College studying record (1996) after a problem that the e-book was too violent.
  • Challenged as an eleventh grade summer season studying choice in Prince William County, VA (1998) as a result of the e-book “was rife with profanity and express intercourse:”
  • Eliminated as required studying for sophomores on the Coventry, RI Excessive College (2000) after a mother or father complained that it comprises vulgar language, violent imagery, and sexual content material.
  • Retained on the Northwest Suburban Excessive College District 214 studying record in Arlington Heights, IL (2006), together with eight different challenged titles. A board member, elected amid guarantees to deliver her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy primarily based on excerpts from the books she’d discovered on the web.
  • Challenged within the Howell, MI Excessive College (2007) due to the e-book’s robust sexual content material. In response to a request from the president of the Livingston Group for Values in Schooling, or LOVE, the county’s high legislation enforcement official reviewed the books to see whether or not legal guidelines towards distribution of sexually express supplies to minors had been damaged. “After studying the books in query, it’s clear that the express passages illustrated a bigger literary, inventive or political message and weren’t included solely to attraction to the prurient pursuits of minors,” the county prosecutor wrote. “Whether or not these supplies are acceptable for minors is a call to be made by the varsity board, however I discover that they don’t seem to be in violation of legal legal guidelines.”

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For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway

  • Declared non-mailable by the U.S. Submit Workplace (1940). On Feb. 21, 1973, eleven Turkish e-book publishers went on trial earlier than an Istanbul martial legislation tribunal on fees of publishing, possessing, and promoting books in violation of an order of the Istanbul martial legislation command. They confronted doable sentences of between one month’s and 6 months’ imprisonment “for spreading propaganda unfavorable to the state” and the confiscation of their books. Eight booksellers additionally had been on trial with the publishers on the identical cost involving For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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The Name of the Wild, by Jack London

  • Banned in Italy (1929), Yugoslavia (1929), and burned in Nazi bonfires (1933).

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Go Inform It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin

  • Challenged as required studying within the Hudson Falls, NY faculties (1994) as a result of the e-book has recurring themes of rape, masturbation, violence, and degrading remedy of ladies.
  • Challenged as a ninth-grade summer season studying choice in Prince William County, VA (1988) as a result of the e-book is “rife with profanity and express intercourse.”

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All of the King’s Males, by Robert Penn Warren

  • Challenged on the Dallas, TX Unbiased College District highschool libraries (1974).

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The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Burned in Alamagordo, NM (2001) exterior Christ Group Church together with different Tolkien novels as satanic.

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The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair

  • Banned from public libraries in Yugoslavia (1929). Burned within the Nazi bonfires due to Sinclair’s socialist views (1933).
  • Banned in East Germany (1956) as inimical to communism.
  • Banned in South Korea (1985).

Girl Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence

  • Lady ChatterleyBanned by U.S. Customs (1929).
  • Banned in Eire (1932), Poland (1932), Australia (1959), Japan (1959), India (1959).
  • Banned in Canada (1960) till 1962.
  • Dissemination of Lawrence’s novel has been stopped in China (1987) as a result of the e-book “will corrupt the minds of younger individuals and can also be towards the Chinese language custom.”

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A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

  • In 1973 a bookseller in Orem, UT was arrested for promoting the novel. Fees had been later dropped, however the e-book vendor was pressured to shut the shop and relocate to a different metropolis.
  • Faraway from Aurora, CO highschool (1976) because of “objectionable” language and from highschool school rooms in Westport, MA (1977) due to “objectionable” language.
  • Faraway from two Anniston, AL Highschool libraries (1982), however later reinstated on a restricted foundation.

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The Awakening, by Kate Chopin

  • Retained on the Northwestern Suburban Excessive College District 214 studying record in Arlington Heights, IL together with eight different challenged titles in 2006. A board member, elected amid guarantees to deliver her Christian beliefs into all board decision-making, raised the controversy primarily based on excerpts from the books she’d discovered on the Web.
  • First revealed in 1899, this novel so disturbed critics and the general public that it was banished for many years afterward.

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In Chilly Blood, by Truman Capote

  • Banned, however later reinstated after group protests on the Windsor Forest Excessive College in Savannah, GA (2000). The controversy started in early 1999 when a mother or father complained about intercourse, violence, and profanity within the e-book that was a part of an Superior Placement English Class.

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Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie

  • Banned in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Quatar, Indonesia, South Africa, and India due to its criticism of Islam.
  • Burned in West Yorkshire, England (1989) and briefly withdrawn from two bookstores on the recommendation of police who took threats to workers and property significantly.
  • In Pakistan 5 individuals died in riots towards the e-book. One other man died a day later in Kashmir.
  • Ayatollah Khomeni issued a fatwa or non secular edict, stating, “I inform the proud Muslim individuals of the world that the creator of the Satanic Verses, which is towards Islam, the prophet, and the Koran, and all these concerned in its publication who had been conscious of its content material, have been sentenced to loss of life.”
  • Challenged on the Wichita, KS Public Library (1989) as a result of the e-book is “blasphemous to the prophet Mohammed.”
  • In Venezuela, proudly owning or studying it was declared a criminal offense beneath penalty of 15 months’ imprisonment.
  • In Japan, the sale of the English-language version was banned beneath the specter of fines.
  • The governments of Bulgaria and Poland additionally restricted its distribution.
  • In 1991, in separate incidents, Hitoshi Igarashi, the Japanese translator, was stabbed to loss of life and its Italian translator, Ettore Capriolo, was significantly wounded. In 1993 William Nygaard, its Norwegian writer, was shot and significantly injured.

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Sophie’s Alternative, by William Styron

  • Banned in South Africa in 1979.
  • Returned to La Mirada Excessive College library (CA) in 2002 after a grievance about its sexual content material prompted the varsity to tug the award-winning novel a few tormented Holocaust survivor.

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Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence

  • In 1961 an Oklahoma Metropolis group referred to as Moms United for Decency employed a trailer, dubbed it “smutmobile,” and displayed books deemed objectionable, together with Lawrence’s novel.

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Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

  • The Strongsville, Ohio College Board (1972) voted to withdraw this title from the varsity library; this motion was overturned in 1976 by a U.S. District Court docket in Minarcini v. Strongsville Metropolis College District, 541 F. second 577 (sixth Cir. 1976).
  • Challenged at Merrimack, NH Excessive College (1982).

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A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

  • Challenged in Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY College District (1980) as a “filthy, trashy intercourse novel.”
  • Challenged on the Fannett-Metallic Excessive College in Shippensburg, PA (1985) due to its allegedly offensive language.
  • Challenged as acceptable for highschool studying lists within the Shelby County, TN faculty system (1989) as a result of the novel comprises “offensive language.”
  • Challenged, however retained within the Champaign, IL highschool English courses (1991) regardless of claims that “unsuitable language” makes it inappropriate.
  • Challenged by the mother or father of a highschool pupil in Troy, IL (1991) citing profanity and destructive attitudes. College students had been supplied various assignments whereas the varsity board took the matter beneath advisement, however no additional motion was taken on the grievance.
  • Challenged on the McDowell County, NC faculties (1996) due to “graphic language.”

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Bare Lunch, by William S. Burroughs

  • Discovered obscene in Boston, MA Superior Court docket (1965). The discovering was reversed by the State Supreme Court docket the next yr.

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Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh

  • Alabama Consultant Gerald Allen (R-Cottondale) proposed laws that might prohibit using public funds for the “buy of textbooks or library supplies that acknowledge or promote homosexuality as a suitable way of life.” The invoice additionally proposed that novels with homosexual protagonists and school textbooks that counsel homosexuality is pure must be faraway from library cabinets and destroyed. The invoice would influence all Alabama faculty, public, and college libraries. Whereas it will ban books like Heather Has Two Mommies, it might additionally embody traditional and in style novels with homosexual characters akin to Brideshead Revisited, The Shade Purple or The Image of Dorian Grey (2005).

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Girls in Love, by DH Lawrence

  • Seized by John Summers of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and declared obscene (1922).

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The Bare and the Lifeless, by Norman Mailer

  • Banned in Canada (1949) and Australia (1949).

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Tropic of Most cancers, by Henry Miller

  • Banned from U.S. Customs (1934).
  • The U.S. Supreme Court docket discovered the novel not obscene (1964). Banned in Turkey (1986).

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An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser

  • Banned in Boston, MA (1927) and burned by the Nazis in Germany (1933) as a result of it “offers with low amorous affairs.”

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Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

  • Banned in Eire in 1962 as a result of the Irish Board of Censors discovered the work “obscene” and “indecent,” objecting significantly to the creator’s dealing with of the characters’ sexuality, the “express intercourse acts” and “promiscuity.” The work was formally banned from gross sales in Eire till the introduction of the revised Censorship Publications Invoice in 1967.
  • Restricted to highschool college students with parental permission within the six Aroostock County, ME group highschool libraries (1976) due to passages within the e-book coping with intercourse and an extramarital affair.
  • Faraway from the required studying record for English class on the Drugs Bow, WY Junior Excessive College (1986) due to sexual references and profanity within the e-book.

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