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Title: Dangerous Books


1
Banned Books Week
George Orwell
Judy Bloom
Mark Twain
Erich Maria Remarque
Richard Wright
A focus on Intellectual Freedom and Censorship
Salmon Rushdie
Jack London
Boris Pasternak
J. D. Salinger
Sir Thomas Paine
2
Dangerous Books
  • Knowledge
  • is powerful, dangerous,
  • and deadly

3
Bonfire of the Liberties
4
He who destroys a good Book, kills reason itself
  • John Milton, Aeropagitica,
  • 1644

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6
Slaughterhouse Five
  • Interview with
  • Mark Vonnegut

7
  • Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl Reason Too
    depressing
  • Blubber, by Judy BlumeReason The characters curse
    and the mean-spirited ringleader is never
    punished for her cruelty.
  • Bony-Legs, by Joanna Cole ReasonDeals with
    subjects such as magic and witchraft.
  • The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier Reason
    Offensive language.
  • Confessions of an Only Child, by Norma Klein
    Reason Use of profanity by the lead character's
    father.
  • Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh Reason
    Teaches children to lie, spy, talk back, and
    curse.
  • Harry Potter books, by J. K. Rowling Reason They
    promote witchcraft, set bad examples, and are too
    dark.
  • A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich, by Alice
    Childress ReasonAnti-American and immoral.
  • The House without a Christmas Tree, by Gail Rock
    ReasonUses the word damn.
  • In a Dark, Dark Room, and Other Scary Stories, by
    Alvin Schwartz ReasonToo morbid for children.
  • In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
    ReasonNudity Mickey loses his pajamas during his
    fall in the kitchen.
  • A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein Reason
    A suggestive illustration that might encourage
    kids to break dishes so they won't have to dry
    them.
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
    ReasonThe characters are all shown as animals
    the police are presented as pigs.

8
There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral
book. Books are well written, or badly written,
that is all.
  • Oscar Wilde
  • 1891

9
racist creates an emotional
block trash inappropriate language
10
A stand can be made against invasion by an army
no stand can be made against invasion by an idea.
  • Victor Hugo
  • Histoire dun Crime

11
The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
  • Reasons
  • anti-ethnic
  • anti-family
  • insensitivity
  • offensive language
  • occult/satanic
  • violence

12
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
  • Reasons
  • religious viewpoint
  • violence

13
Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Reason
  • offensive language

14
21 The Giver
  • Banned in California
  • Violent and Sexual passages
  • Mature themes (Ohio)
  • Sexuality
  • Suicide
  • euthanasia

15
23 To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Offensive language
  • Psychological damage possible
  • Represents institutionalized racism hidden under
    good literature guise
  • Racial slurs
  • Called a Filthy, trash novel

16
Whenever books are burned men also in the end are
burned
  • Heinrich Heine
  • (1797-1856)

17
Germany, 1933
18
What was once thought can never be unthought.
  • Freidrich Durrenmatt
  • The Physicists

19
4 Of Mice and Men
  • Banned in Ireland, Indiana, Pennsylvania,
    Michigan, Ohio
  • Profanity, using Gods name in vain
  • Racial slurs
  • Sexual overtones
  • Morbid and depressing themes

20
20 Bridge to Terabithia
  • Numerous challenges cite
  • Profanity
  • References to witchcraft
  • Disrespect of adults

21
The burning of an authors books, imprisonment
for opinions sake, has always been the tribute
an ignorant age pays to the genius of its times.
  • Joseph Lewis
  • Voltaire The Incomparable Infidel 1929

22
obscene anathema something or someone that
one vehemently dislikes. Racial hatred
was anathema to her."
23
All censorships exist to prevent anyone from
challenging current conceptions and existing
institutions.
  • George Bernard Shaw

24
1 Harry Potter (series)
  • Banned and challenged for these reasons
  • Witchcraft
  • Encourages students to practice witchcraft
  • Scary
  • Violence

25
Burned and Banned
  • Burned in Alamagordo, New Mexico (2001) for being
    a masterpiece of satanic deception
  • Anti-family
  • Encourages kids to be disrespectful
  • Violence

26
6 Scary Stories
  • Too scary
  • Too violent
  • Shows dark side of religion through the occult,
    the devil and satanism

27
12 The Bluest Eye
  • Challenged and Banned for
  • Sexual content
  • Offensive language
  • Unsuited to age group

28
To prohibit the reading of certain books is to
declare the inhabitants to be either fools or
slaves.
  • Claude Adrien Helvetius
  • De lHomme

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a real downer sexually offensive
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Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought
  • Graham Greene
  • 1981

31
Catholic Church 1559-1964
32
If mens minds were as easily controlled as their
tongues, every king would sit safely on his
throne, and government by compulsion would cease.
  • Baruch Spinoza
  • 1670

33
Of all the Tyrannies of human kind The worst is
that which Persecutes the mind. Let us but weigh
at what offence we strike. Tis but because we
cannot think alike.
  • John Dryden
  • 1665

34
16th Century Europe
35
Every burned book enlightens the world.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1842

36
12th-13th Century France
SANTO DOMINGO Y LOS ALBIGENSES Pedro
Berruguete Courtesy Art Resources, New York City
37
Dont join the book burners. Dont think youre
going to conceal faults by concealing evidence
that they ever existed.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1953

38
29 His Dark Materials (series)
  • Banned/Challenged due to complaints of
  • Religious viewpoint
  • anti-God
  • anti-religion
  • Alcohol use

39
Teachers and students must always remain free to
inquire, to study and to evaluate, to gain new
maturity and understanding otherwise our
civilization will stagnate and die. U.S.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren Sweezy v.
New Hampshire (1957)
40
57 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Racial bias
  • Racial slurs (N word)
  • Racism
  • Age inappropriate

41
Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion, or prohibiting the
free exercise thereof or abridging the freedom
of speech, or of the press...
  • Bill of Rights, 1791

42
vulgar words full of filth takes the
Lords name in vain
43
It is most unworthy to suppress books or silence
teachers.
  • Judah Loew
  • 1598

44
64 A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Reasons
  • Bigoted portrayal of baptists and women
  • Violence and hatred
  • Animal cruelty
  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Graphic sexuality
  • Animal breeding

45
65 Speak
  • Reasons for challenges
  • Depiction of underage drinking
  • Sexuality
  • Rape

46
70 Detour for Emmy
  • Teen pregnancy portrayal is cited most often for
    challenges

47
72 Fahrenheit 451
  • Censored in Irvine, California numerous
    students received copies with words blacked out
  • Censored words included hell and damn

48
Give me six lines written by the most honorable
of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang
him.
  • Attributed to Cardinal Richelieu
  • 1641

49
18th Century France
50
If we restrict the reading of certain books until
minds are prepared for them, the minds will never
be prepared for them.
  • A. Whitney Griswold
  • 1954

51
Censorship, like charity, should begin at home
but unlike charity it should end there.
  • Clare Boothe Luce
  • 20th century

52
Content deemed to frightening in a middle
school (Massachusetts)
53
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on
earth-more than ruin, even more than death.
  • Bertrand Russell
  • 20th Century

54
U. S. A. 1982
55
If we want truth, every man ought to be free to
say what he thinks without fear. If advocates on
one side are to be rewarded with miters, and the
advocates on the other with rope or stake, truth
will not be heard.
  • Desiderius Erasmus
  • Dec. 6, 1520

56
18th Century France
57
We all know that books burn-yet we have the
greater knowledge that books can not be killed by
fire. People die, but books never die. No man and
no force can abolish memory.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1942

58
God forbid that any book should be banned, the
practice is as indefensible as infanticide
  • Rebecca West (1928)

59
Banned Books
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10 Most Frequently Challenged
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou
  • Its Perfectly Normal Robie Harris
  • Goosebumps Series R.L. Stine
  • Alice Series Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

61
10 Most Frequently Challenged
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
  • The Giver Lois Lowry
  • A Day No Pigs Would Die Robert Newton Peck
  • Kaffir Boy Mark Mathabane
  • Bridge to Terabitha Katherine Paterson

62
preaches bitterness rape scene inappropriate
63
It is often the best books that draw the beadiest
attention of the censors. These are the books
that really have the most to offer, the news that
life is rich and complicated and difficult.
  • Loudon Wainwright
  • 1982

64
sexually graphic language explicitness
65
Materials that view human life critically,
quizzically or satirically are bound to give
offense to someone.
  • John F. Baker
  • 1990

66
You cannot put a rope around the neck of an
idea you cannot put an idea up against a
barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets
you cannot confine it in the strongest prison
cell that your slaves could ever build.
  • Sean OCasey
  • 1918

67
corruptive obscene
68
I know many books which have bored their readers,
but I know none which has done real evil.
  • Voltaire
  • 1764

69
sexually offensive anti-Christian
behavior profane immoral
70
Under the mousy exterior of many a librarian
beats the fierce heart of a knight of liberty
battling the dragons of censorship.
  • Joseph Nocera
  • 1982

71
Whats a book? Everything or nothing. The eye
that sees it is all.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • 1834

72
offensive language unsuited to age group
73
Six New Reasons to Ban Books
  • It encourages children to think independently.
  • Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • It needlessly breaks wind.
  • My Teacher Glows in the Dark by Bruce
    Coville
  • It discourages learning English.
  • I Hate English by Ellen Levine

74
Six New Reasons to Ban Books
  • It encourages suicide-induced reincarnation.
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep
  • It causes polarization.
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • It might cause Buddhism to erupt.
  • Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki

75
Only the suppressed word is dangerous
  • Ludwig Boerne
  • 1818
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