Censorship in America: A Reference Handbook by Mary E. Hull

ISBN: 1576070573

Category: Cultures

Posted on 2008-12-05. By anonymous.


Mary E. Hull. Censorship in America: A Reference Handbook
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated | 1999 | ISBN: 1576070573 | 233 pages | rtf/chm | 8 Mb | rar | RS.com

This book provides a starting point for research on censorship and related issues of freedom of expression, obscenity, pornography, standards of decency, and liberty and democracy in the United States.

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This book focuses on the debate in contemporary arenas of censorship: schools, libraries, newspapers, plays, movies, television shows, photography, books, music lyrics, and the Internet. The introduction discusses why works of art and literature are considered controversial; the biographies profile people who advocate censorship and people who oppose it; and the chronology gives an overview of attempts at censorship throughout history. Of special interest is the chapter covering groundbreaking litigation and proposed legislation on censorship. Rounding out the handbook are lists of organizations and of print and nonprint resources and a comprehensive index. Students, librarians, legislators, and journalists will find this book a valuable resource on this timely and controversial topic.

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.

Whether readers are students, concerned citizens, activists, teachers, or legislators interested in learning more about censorship, this book offers objective information on censorship’s vital issues as well as an introduction to the many publications, organizations, and resources that are available for further research.


We don't have no god**** f****** censorship in this sh**hole of a country. How the f*** did someone come up with that f****** mess?


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