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Banned Books Throughout the century there has existed books have books which have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts Every year books in the US and around the world are challenged Some of the challenged books are banned some arent Many were banned for decades from the US mails under the Comstock Law of 1873 Some books have been banned for their frank sexual descriptions and their parodies of contemporary literature Several of these books are banned due to injurious public morality the punishment for ignoring these bans ranges from almost non-existent to severe In this essay Im reviewing the history of banned books and the reasons why they have been prohibited In many instances government and legal authorities for political and religious reasons have banned books One example Thomas Paine was indicated for treason in England in 1972 for his work The Rights of Man which defends the French Revolution Furthermore one English publisher was also prosecuted for printing The Age of Reason here Paine argues for Deism and against Christianity and Atheism In the United States politically motivated censorship has occurred as well In 1954 the Providence RI post office attempted to block delivery of Lenins State and Revolution to Brown University citing it as subversive Also in 1918 the US War Department told the American Library Association to remove a number of pacifists and disturbing books including Ambrose Bierces Can Such Things Be Also during World War I the US government jailed those who were distributing anti-draft pamphlets like This One In 1918 the US War Department Schenck the publisher of the pamphlet was convicted and his conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1919 This shows that government had played a lot of rules to prohibit the books that have been against of what they believe in Next the holy books such as The Bible and The Quran were both removed from
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