Book Banning in the United States

The pen is mightier than the sword and censorship is an ever-present danger. Many books have been the targets of challenge and censorship.

Resources about banned books:

American Library Association: About Banned Books »
American Library Association: Frequently Challenged Books »
The Online Books Page: Banned Books Online »
Wikipedia List of Books Banned by Governments »
100 Most Frequently Challenged Books »
Books Banned in the United States »
Google Books: Explore Banned Books - Celebrate Your Freedom to Read »
Banned Books Resources - Yahoo! »
The 11 Most Surprising Banned Books »
Time Magazine - The Top 10 Censored Books »
Time Magazine - Removing the N Word from Huck Finn »

Just a few of the many well-known books that have been subjected to banning:

Fahrenheit 451 Alice in Wonderland Fifty Shades of Gray
The Grapes of Wrath Slaughter House 5 Judy Blume - Forever
And Tango Makes Three Little Red Riding Hood Harry Potter Books


The First Amendment:

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; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is part of the 10 amendments that compose the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law affecting freedom of the press. Originally, the First Amendment applied only to laws enacted by the U.S. Congress. However, since the Gitlow v. New York case in 1925, the Supreme Court has held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment applies the First Amendment to each state, including any local government.

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