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Gr 7 Up
The purpose of this series is to trace the historical background of contemporary social issues, and to offer readers scholarly articles so that they have the information they need to form their own opinions. Censorship has four chapters: "Early American Censorship Struggles"; "Cold War-Era Censorship"; "Wartime Censorship"; and "Censorship Struggles in the Modern Cultural Arena." Signed articles present opposing viewpoints in each chapter, ranging from articles like "Anthony Comstock Crusades to Eradicate Obscenity" and "A Lawyer Argues Against Comstock Censorship" to articles such as "The Patriot Act Violates Freedom of Speech" and "The Patriot Act Protects National Security and Civil Liberties." Some of the selections have primary documents such as newspaper articles, speeches, and government reports, which clearly reveal how the debates have been similar throughout history. This is a valuable resource for students who are interested in this important issue.
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