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Katie Johnson sent me the exact info about the censorship of The Catcher in the Rye She found it in Banned Books Suppressed on Social Grounds by Dawn B Sova vol2 New York Facts on File c1998 The novel has long ignited disapproval and it was the most frequently banned book in schools between 1966 and 1975 Even before that time however the work was a favorite target of sensors In 1957 Australian Customs seized a shipment of the novels that had been presented as a gift to the government by the US ambassador The books were later released but Customs had made its point that the book contained obscene language and actions that were not appropriate behavior for an adolescent In 1960 a teacher in Tulsa Oklahoma was fired for assigning the book to an eleventh-grade English class The teacher was appealed and was reinstated by the school board but the book was removed from use in the school The following year in Oklahoma City the novel became the focus of a legislative hearing in which a locally organized censorship group sought to stop the Mid-Continent News Company a book wholesaler from carrying the novel Members of the group parked a Smutmobile outside the capital building during the hearing and displayed the novel with others As a result of public pressure the wholesaler dropped the critcized books from its inventory In 1963 a delegation of parents of high school students in Columbus Ohio asked the school board to ban Catcher in the Rye BRAVE NEW WORLD and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for being anti-white and obscene After a decade of quiet objections arose again in 1975 in Selinsgrove Pennsylvania and the novel was removed from the suggested reading list for an elective course entitled Searching for Values and Identity Through Literature Based on parents objections to the language and content of the book the school board voted 5-4 to ban the book The
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