Banned in the U.S.A.: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries-- Revised and Expanded Edition / Edition 2

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Since the first edition was published to acclaim and awards in 1994, librarians have relied on the work of noted intellectual freedom authority Herbert N. Foerstel. This expanded edition presents a thorough analysis of the current state of book banning in schools and public libraries, offering ready reference material on major incidents, legal cases, and annotated entries on the most frequently challenged books. Every section of this work has been significantly rewritten, updated, or expanded to reflect those developments. In-depth accounts of three new landmark book banning incidents are featured, along with a discussion of recent Supreme Court decisions involving censorship on the Internet and in book publishing, and a consideration of their implications for book banning in schools and public libraries.

Two new interviews with authors of banned books—David Guterson and Leslea Newman—join the interviews with authors profiled in the first edition, many of which have been updated. The heart of the book is a Survey of Banned Books, revised with annotated entries on the 50 most frequently challenged books for 1996 through 2000; the Harry Potter series tops the list. Finally, all new appendixes feature an updated ALA list of Most Frequently Challenged Books and Authors Through 2000 and graphs that help to clarify key information.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Simply put, ^IBanned in The U.S.A^R is a straightforward and fact-filled resource which should be found on the shelf of every academic and public llibrary in the country. - MidWest Review

Provides a survey of major book-banning incidents, legal cases surrounding censorship, interviews with the most censored authors, and an annotated list and discussion of the 50 most frequently challenged books for 1996 through 2000. - American Libraries

This is a book that librarians may want on their personal, as well as library shelves….^IBanned in the USA^R offers a cautionary tale. The individuals and groups that challenge these books are not to be laughed at. They are earnest and commited, and are often adept at proceeding 'under formal, bureaucratic cover.' Make no mistake the people who challenge books have an impact. Reading through Foerstel's book makes this obvious. Whether in reference or circulation, ^IBanned in the USA^R is a book that most librarians should own. - Against the Grain

This indispensable resource belongs in every library's professional collection. ^BExceptional^R. - The Shy Librarian

A valuable reference tool for librarians who are dealing with censorship….Librarians and teachers need this book, but patrons who want to better understand the threats to their First Amendment rights should be led to it as well. - School Library Journal

With a breezy, light style, this reference tool begs to be read from cover-to-cover as well. It is a needed purchase even for those who own the previous edition. - VOYA

…Foerstel gives an enlightening analysis of censorship in U.S. schools and public libraries….Recommended. - Library Journal

This revised and expanded edition of Foerstel's book, whose first edition drew favorable reviews in 1994, deserves equal attention….Foerstel, a noted authority on intellectual freedom, supplies informative appendixes and an index that make this book a valuable resource for all libraries. - Choice

Noted intellectual freedom authority Foerstel gives readers the most complete analysis of the current state of banned books yet. Every section of the previous edition (1994) has been significantly rewritten and updated. The new appendixes include an updated American Library Association Office of Intellectual Freedom list of "Most Frequently Challenged Books and Authors through 2000." It should come as no surprise that books in the Harry Potter series are number one on the lists between 1996 and 2000. This fascinating updated title reminds readers of the extent of censorship in schools and public libraries. It is alarming to realize that the list represents only the tip of the number of challenged titles; most remain unreported. The number of incidents continues to rise, and librarians continue to be challenged. An excellent updated introduction provides a history of the topic, which all current and future librarians need to read. Students researching censorship will welcome this revision. The survey of Major Book Banning is another must-read with its detailed information on each incident. Also expanded is the interview section with the voices of Judy Blume, Daniel Cohen, Robert Cormier, David Guterson, Leslea Newman, Katherine Paterson, and Jan Slepian included. With a breezy, light style, this reference tool begs to be read cover-to-cover as well. It is a needed purchase even for those who own the previous edition. Index. Charts. Biblio. Source Notes. Appendix. 2002, Greenwood, 296p. PLB
— Allan O'Grady Cuseo
Library Journal
Two recent publications explore the controversial and important issue of censorship in the press and in our schools and libraries. Phillips, editor of Censored 2003, is director of Project Censored, an investigative project conducted out of Sonoma State University studying freedom of information and the media. The project's network of students, faculty, and community evaluators annually assesses and ranks the top 25 news stories not adequately covered by the mainstream press in the preceding year. Stories featured in this year's publication examine controversial issues such as NAFTA, U.S. foreign policy, corporate malfeasance, labor reform, and public health. The source of the press coverage, a brief synopsis of the story, and an analysis of the reporting are included, and instructive essays contributed by scholars and writers examine such topics as grass-roots news and corporate dominance of the media. Two appendixes include a comprehensive directory of independent press publications and a guide to media activist organizations. A fascinating and disturbing look at our nation's media, this work is authoritative, well organized, and exhaustively documented. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries. In the revised and expanded edition of Banned in the U.S.A., Foerstel gives an enlightening analysis of censorship in U.S. schools and public libraries. Provided is a survey of major book-banning incidents in the United States, accessible background material on the legal history of book banning, new and updated interviews with banned writers, and a synopsis of the 50 most frequently challenged books from the period 1996-2000. A selected bibliography of works about censorship is also included. Recommended for school and public libraries that don't own the first edition or need information on challenges after 1996, the only area in which this book was expanded.-Katherine E. Merrill, Rochester P.L., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
The first edition of this book (Greenwood, 1994) has been a valuable reference tool for librarians and teachers who are dealing with censorship. Since its publication, book banning and Internet filtering issues have risen to epidemic levels. This edition continues with historical references to precedent cases, but updates the material by including in-depth accounts of new challenges to books in "A Survey of Major Bookbanning Incidents," and provides legal analysis of more recent cases in "The Law on Bookbanning." Such legal analysis also includes other First Amendment cases such as the CDA (Communications Decency Act) and COPA (Child Online Protection Act), tried before the Supreme Court in the late 1990s. "Voices of Banned Authors" includes updated remarks from writers such as Judy Blume and Katherine Paterson. Two additional writers have been added: David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, and Lesl a Newman, author of Heather Has Two Mommies. The final chapter, "The Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Books, 1996-2000," is completely reworked. Though some titles appeared on the previous list and continue to be an issue in libraries, books like "Harry Potter" now top the list. Librarians and teachers need this book, but patrons who want to better understand the threats to their First Amendment rights should be led to it as well.-Pat Scales, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Having migrated from academic (U of Maryland-College Park) to government (National Security Archives), librarian Foerstel revises and expands his 1994 survey of censorship in US schools and libraries. He reviews the field generally, looks at laws and court decisions, and focuses on particular authors. In the section of the 50 most banned books from 1996 through 2000, newcomer Harry Potter joins such old favorites as , , and . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313311666
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 326
  • Sales rank: 1,135,022
  • Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

HERBERT N. FOERSTEL is the former Head of Branch Libraries at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Security Archives. He is a noted authority on intellectual freedom and has published seven previous books on the topic for Greenwood Publishing, including Banned in the Media (1998) and From Watergate to Monicagate: Ten Controversies in Modern Journalism and Media (2001).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments and Dedication
Ch. 1 A Survey of Major Bookbanning Incidents 1
Kanawha County: West - By God - Virginia 1
Godless Textbooks in Washington County, Virginia 7
Island Trees v. Pico: A First Amendment Victory 11
Conflict and Compromise in Prince George's County 15
Hawkins County, Tennessee: My Way or the Highway 23
Graves County: Kentucky-Fried Faulkner 31
Panama City, Florida: Darkness in the Sunshine State 39
Blasphemy in Cheshire, Connecticut 50
Impressions: The Textbook That Brought Paganism to California Public Schools 55
Nappy Hair: It Took a Book to Lose a Teacher 58
Black and Banned: Books by African Women Cause a Furor in Maryland 62
Ch. 2 The Law on Bookbanning 73
Background 73
Appropriate Means and Legitimate Purposes 74
The Right to Receive Ideas 79
Secularism and Sex: The Twin Threats to America 94
Hazelwood: A Chill Wind for the 1990s 97
Improving on the First Amendment: States Seek Remedies to Hazelwood Restraints 103
Positive Impressions: Courts and Schools Find Common Ground 108
Legislative Attacks on the Internet: Implications for Bookbanning in Schools and Libraries 112
Hit Man: The Courts Say the Book Made Him Do It 122
Ch. 3 Voices of Banned Authors 131
Judy Blume 131
Daniel Cohen 142
Robert Cormier 148
David Guterson 156
Leslea Newman 161
Katherine Paterson 165
Jan Slepian 171
Ch. 4 The Most Frequently Banned or Challenged Books, 1996-2000 179
The Harry Potter Books, by J. K. Rowling 180
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 188
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou 194
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 197
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier 201
It's Perfectly Normal: A Book about Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health, by Robie H. Harris 204
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 206
My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier 208
Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa, by Mark Mathabane 210
The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger 212
Daddy's Roommate, by Michael Willhoite 214
The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende 216
Native Son, by Richard Wright 218
Fallen Angels, by Walter Myers 219
Beloved, by Toni Morrison 220
Goosebumps Series, by R. L. Stine 222
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson 224
We All Fall Dawn, by Robert Cormier 225
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous 226
Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya 228
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood 229
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison 230
Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes 231
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 233
Iceman, by Chris Lynch 234
The Alice Series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor 235
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 237
One Fat Summer, by Robert Lipsyte 238
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A., by Luis A. Rodriguez 239
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 241
The Joy of Gay Sex/The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein 243
Forever, by Judy Blume 244
Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman 245
Two Teenagers in Twenty: Writings by Gay and Lesbian Youth, edited by Ann Heron 246
The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene 247
Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Sexual Fantasies, by Nancy Friday 248
The Giver, by Lois Lowry 249
The Witches, by Roald Dahl 250
Blubber, by Judy Blume 251
A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck 252
Ordinary People, by Judith Guest 253
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George 254
Jack, by A. M. Homes 255
Being There, by Jerzy Kosinski 256
Captain Underpants Series, by Dav Pilkey 257
Fool's Crow, by James Welch 258
Cujo, by Stephen King 259
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle 260
Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly 261
Black Boy, by Richard Wright 262
App. A(1) Office for Intellectual Freedom: The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000 271
App. A(2) OIF Censorship Database 1990-2000: Initiator of Challenge (Chart) 275
App. A(3) OIF Censorship Database 1990-2000: Institution Being Challenged (Chart) 275
App. A(4) OIF Censorship Database 1990-2000: Challenges by Type (Chart) 276
App. A(5) OIF Censorship Database 1990-2000: Challenges by Year (Chart) 276
App. B Office for Intellectual Freedom: The Most Frequently Challenged Books and Authors of 2000 277
App. C Office for Intellectual Freedom: The Most Frequently Challenged Books and Authors of 1999 278
App. D Office for Intellectual Freedom: The Most Frequently Challenged Books and Authors of 1998 278
Selected Bibliography 281
Index 283
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