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Re: NAACP seeks ban on Huck Finn classic

from the ALA Banned Book website (http://www.ala.org/bbooks/challeng.html)

>The American Library Association collects information from two sources:
>newspapers and reports submitted by individuals. All challenges are
>compiled into  a database. Reports of challenges culled from newspapers
>across the country are compiled in the bimonthly Newsletter on Intellectual
>Freedom (published by the American Library Association, $40 per year);
>those reports are then compiled in the Banned Books Week Resource Guide.
>Challenges that are reported to the American Library Association by
>individuals are kept confidential. In these cases, ALA will release only
>the title of the book being challenged, the state and the type of
>institution (school, public library). The name of the institution and its
>town will not be disclosed.
>                     The Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1996
>1.Goosebumps Series, R.L. Stine...
>2.The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain This classic has been the
>subject of debate since its publication in 1885. Upon publication, the book
>was banned and condemned across the country. It was called =B3rough, coarse
>and inelegant,=B2 unsuitable for =B3intelligent, respectable people.=B2 The=
>is that the book that today is challenged as racist was originally attacked
>for being too anti-racist! There were complaints that the character of Jim
>was too heroic for a slave.
>3.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou...

i think it's a mistake to see each instance of such censorship as isolated..=
each act of intolerance comes from and adds to a cultural climate.

luigi-bob drake
burning press

>I don't like anything that smacks of censorship any more than anyone else,
>but let's at least keep in mind that this is not an outright ban on Huck,
>but a push to get it taken off the <mandatory> reading list. There is not a
>movement to remove it from library shelves.
>Sam Lanham
>Sam Lanham (slanham@xxxxxxxx)

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