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  • Presented by Amanda Durfee
    ENG 295: Banned Books and Censorship
    Glendale Community College
    Spring 2011
    Censorship
  • Censorship is an attempt to keep information or ideas away from someone else.
    Books, movies, music and video games are often censored.
    What is Censorship?
  • According to the American Library Association:
    A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.
    A banning is the removal of those materials.
    Challenges and Banning
  • According to data collected by the ALA, books are most often challenged by parents attempting to censor material from their children that they deem inappropriate.
    Some top reasons for challenges:
    Sexually explicit
    Violence
    Unsuitable for age group
    Homosexuality
    Occult
    Factors for challenging and banning books
  • Factors for challenging and banning books
    http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengesbytype/index.cfm
  • Who challenges books?
    http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengesbytype/index.cfm
  • Top five challenged classics:
    1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
    Top five challenged books of 2000-2009:
    1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier 4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell 5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
    Commonly challenged books
  • Commonly challenged Authors
    Judy Blume
    John Steinbeck
    J.K. Rowling
    Stephen King
    Ray Bradbury
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Alice Walker
    George Orwell
    Ernest Hemingway
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Robert Cormier
    Toni Morrison
  • Censorship has a negative effect on all individuals because it allows information to be withheld.
    Censorship violates the freedom of speech and expression set forth in the first amendment.
    Effects of censorship
  • “Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” -Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
    “If you are an American, you must allow all ideas to circulate freely in your community, not merely your own…You should also resolve to expose your children to all sorts of opinions and information, in order that they will be better equipped to make decisions and to survive.” –Kurt Vonnegut
    Quotes on censorship
  • Statistics on challenged books compiled by ALA
    For comprehensive information on challenges to books visit the ALA’s website at: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/aboutbannedbooks/index.cfm
    Images in presentation from Google images
    Additional Information….
  • In Closing…..