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The Surge of Book Banning

History again repeats itself, some good and some senseless, yet we need to be aware of the results.

Book Bans

Book Bans

Book Bans By States

Book Bans By States

List of Banned Books

List of Banned Books

Banned Authors

It's almost inconceivable that some of the most prestigious authors have been banned. Many of these authors have won the following prizes:

  • Nobel Prize in Literature
  • The National Prize Award for Young People's Literature
  • The Booker Prize
  • The Newberry Award
  • The Caldecott Medal
  • The Eisner Award
  • The Pen/Faulkner Award
  • The NAACP Image Award
  • The Glaad Award for Media Representation

Some of the authors include:

  • George Orwell
  • Mark Twain
  • J.D. Salinger
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • John Steinbeck
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • J. Rawlings


Books Most Banned Of All Time

The following is a list of the Most Banned of All Time:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Catcher In The Rye
  • The Bluest Eye
  • The Adventurers of Huckleberry Finn
  • Of Mice And Men
  • A Farewell To Arms
  • Harry Potter
  • The Hate U Give

The most controversial book ever banned was The Catcher In The Rye.

1984 by George Orwell

1984 by George Orwell

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Catcher In The Rye

The Catcher In The Rye

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Uncle Tom's Cabin

Most Banned Books of 2022

These are the latest banned books

  • Me and Earl and the Dying Bird
  • The Complete Maus
  • All Boys Aren't Blue
  • The Bluest Eye
  • Gender Queer
  • New Kid
  • Monday Isn't Coming

Pen America Organization

Pen America was founded in 1922 with headquarters in New York. It is a nonprofit organization to defend free expression in the United States and worldwide through awareness of literature and human rights. Recently, Markus Dphle, chief executive officer of Penguin Random House, donated $100,000 each year for five years to aid in their quest.

In the last six months alone, 1300 books have been banned, and another 139 just since July 2022. In 2021-2022, banning books has grown into a full-fledged social and political movement powered by local, state, and national groups. These groups use tactics swarming school boards using language like pornography, raising alarms objecting to books. Some haven't even read the books but simply playing 'follow the leader to make noise.'

Pen America estimates that 40% are because of political pressure by state officials and political lawmakers. For example, Governor Ron DeSantis has enacted the educational gag order against critical race theory and LGBTQ in Florida.

This year, two governors seeking reelection, Republican Greg Abbott and Representative Henry McMartin, s. Carolina is seeking to ban books along with Republic elect Greg Youngkin of Virginia. Texas state representative Matt Krause wants a review of 850 books for possible removable.

Fortunately, librarians all across the country are fighting back and have formed "#FreedomFighters" to resist the surge. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right unless you write a book that others object to and disagree with.


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Sources Used

https://www.usatoday.com/entertainment/books

https://www.huffpost.com

https://www.pen.org/report/banned

https://www.edweek.org/leadership

https://www.nationalgeographic.com

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