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  1. 1. Presented by Amanda Durfee<br />ENG 295: Banned Books and Censorship<br />Glendale Community College<br />Spring 2011<br />Censorship<br />
  2. 2. Censorship is an attempt to keep information or ideas away from someone else.<br />Books, movies, music and video games are often censored.<br />What is Censorship?<br />
  3. 3. According to the American Library Association:<br />A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.<br />A banning is the removal of those materials.<br />Challenges and Banning<br />
  4. 4. 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.<br />Some top reasons for challenges:<br />Sexually explicit<br />Violence<br />Unsuitable for age group<br />Homosexuality<br />Occult<br />Factors for challenging and banning books<br />
  5. 5. Factors for challenging and banning books<br /><br />
  6. 6. Who challenges books?<br /><br />
  7. 7. Top five challenged classics:<br />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<br />Top five challenged books of 2000-2009:<br />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 <br />Commonly challenged books<br />
  8. 8. Commonly challenged Authors<br />Judy Blume<br />John Steinbeck<br />J.K. Rowling<br />Stephen King<br />Ray Bradbury<br />F. Scott Fitzgerald <br />Alice Walker <br />George Orwell <br />Ernest Hemingway<br />Kurt Vonnegut<br />Robert Cormier<br />Toni Morrison<br />
  9. 9. Censorship has a negative effect on all individuals because it allows information to be withheld.<br />Censorship violates the freedom of speech and expression set forth in the first amendment.<br />Effects of censorship<br />
  10. 10. “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 <br />“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<br />Quotes on censorship<br />
  11. 11. Statistics on challenged books compiled by ALA<br />For comprehensive information on challenges to books visit the ALA’s website at:<br />Images in presentation from Google images<br />Additional Information….<br />
  12. 12. In Closing…..<br />