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Banning Books Our freedom is under attack Censorship is clearly an attack on our freedom There are a number of books that are banned or challenged that are great books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain These books are classics Banning these books robs students of great literature Censorship of books in secondary schools should not be allowed The list of books that have been banned completely in many schools across the nation is expansive and so are the reasons that parents and schoolboards give for banning these books Advocates of literary censorship say that its best for the students Opponents say that it is detrimental to the educational system The students have mixed emotions Literary censorship at the secondary school level is indeed very widespread One of the most controversial books is Huckleberry Finn which is currently under fire by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the NAACP because it contains the word nigger 39 times in the first 35 pages They feel that the liberal use of such a derogatory word is detrimental to the self-esteem of young African-American children The NAACP says that they want the book removed from required-reading lists but they are not out to censor it Campbell par 4 Large groups such as the NAACP are not the only people pushing for Huckleberry Finns banning in Americas schools Small groups of parents have protested the books status as required reading in their childrens schools because of its language Huckleberry Finn isnt the only book targeted by parents Another frequently challenged book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury This book was handed out at an Irvine California middle school in 1992 with profane words such as damn and hell blocked out Students wrote to Bradbury describing the situation and pointing out the irony that a book about the evils of censorship had to be censored before
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