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Censorship In America

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Censorship in America discusses why many objects of art, literature, and popular culture are considered controversial, and examines the arguments of both sides. It explores the current wave of censorship in the form of political correctness and covers groundbreaking litigation and proposed legislation.

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Overview

Censorship in America discusses why many objects of art, literature, and popular culture are considered controversial, and examines the arguments of both sides. It explores the current wave of censorship in the form of political correctness and covers groundbreaking litigation and proposed legislation.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Continues the series giving high school and undergraduate students a background of uncontested information and representative statements of the positions taken by opponents in current issues."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This book is a modern and well-done examination of censorship. As a part of the Contemporary Issues Series from ABC-CLIO, it is a solid choice for any library from high school on up."

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American Reference Books Annual

"Hull's handbook provides an up to date introduction to contemporary censorship in the U.S. … currency is important so reference selectors will want to consider this item … reference librarians at the college level will find it a useful addition."

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Choice

"Hull provides a comprehensive introduction to complicated and topical issues with background information that is interesting and as up to date as possible … Students have a built-in interest in freedom of expressions issues, and this resource is a valuable tool to begin serious study."

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VOYA

VOYA
Part of the Contemporary World Issues series, this volume examines various aspects of censorship and "related issues of freedom of expression, obscenity, pornography, standards of decency, and liberty and democracy." The introduction includes a synopsis of censorship in America beginning in 1734 when a newspaper publisher was jailed for writing satirical commentaries about New York's colonial governor. The fine line between freedom of expression and society's desire to protect itself is explored briefly. The author goes on to look at textbook controversies, hate speech, music lyrics disputes, artistic freedom, the news media, and the Internet. A time line of relevant censorship issues is included, along with brief biographical sketches of the historic or contemporary individuals involved. Supreme Court decisions are summarized, and there are several graphs and charts that illustrate challenges to materials. Also included are related documents such as ALA's "Bill of Rights," Family Friendly Library's "Charter for a Family Friendly Library System," and the Community Decency Act. Hull provides a comprehensive introduction to complicated and topical issues with background information that is interesting and as up to date as possible. As information resources become more widely available, attempts to control access will increase. Students have a builtin interest in freedom of expression issues, and this resource is a valuable tool to begin serious study. Glossary. Index. Charts. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8;JuniorHigh, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 1999, ABCCLIO, Ages 12 to 18, 234p. PLB $45. Reviewer: Bette Ammon\
Booknews
Continues the series giving high school and undergraduate students a background of uncontested information and representative statements of the positions taken by opponents in current issues. Discusses why works of art and literature are considered controversial, profiles major figures who advocate or oppose censorship, reviews litigation and proposed legislation, lists and evaluates print and non-print information sources, and identifies organizations. Hull specializes in current events and books for young adults. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576070574
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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