The Day They Came to Arrest the Book

The Day They Came to Arrest the Book

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by Nat Hentoff
     
 

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Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral—and should be removed from reading lists and the See more details below

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Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral—and should be removed from reading lists and the school library—Barney takes matters into his own hands.

When the Huck Finn issue comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his story about previous censorship efforts at school. He's sure that investigative reporting and publicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turn the tide of censorship?

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Children's Literature - Deborah Palgon
A debate is raging among the students and faculty of George Mason High School. Should the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, to some a racist and sexist novel, be removed from the school's reading lists and library? When a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union and a member of a local citizen's "watch" group come to the school, the debate heats up. Disturbed by what is happening, Barney Roth, the editor of the school paper, uncovers previously undisclosed censorship efforts at the school. By printing this information, Barney and others at George Mason High learn a valuable lesson. In this provocative book, Hentoff addresses all of the arguments for and against book censorship. As a supplement to a social studies curriculum, this book will enlighten students to First Amendment issues and the nature of freedom in this country.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385282185
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1982
Pages:
160
Age Range:
12 Years

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