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The books that Texas banned

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  • Greg Cannon
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1317181,00.html The books that Texas banned Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington Friday October 1, 2004 The Guardian As
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      http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1317181,00.html
      The books that Texas banned

      Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington
      Friday October 1, 2004
      The Guardian

      As first lady, Laura Bush made it a mission to
      encourage a love of reading, but in her home state of
      Texas books are often viewed with suspicion, including
      such classics as Nineteen Eighty-Four and Peter Pan.

      In its annual review of state schools and libraries,
      the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas this week
      identifies 62 titles that were removed from school
      libraries during the 2003-04 school year following
      objections from parents or teachers. Restrictions were
      placed on an additional 33 books, including George
      Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, following objections
      from the parent of a ninth grade student.

      Here - as with most books banned in Texas last year -
      the reason cited was inappropriate sexual content.
      Among the titles taken off the shelves were two sex
      education books for younger children.

      However, some books were banned because they touched
      on topics deemed unsuitable for children, such as The
      Upstairs Room, the autobiography of Johanna Reiss, who
      survived the Nazi holocaust by going into hiding.

      The school in Waco said the book was removed because
      of strong language and story content. Several books by
      and about African-Americans were also banned,
      including Richard Wright's coming of age story, Black
      Boy, after objections were raised to language and
      sexual content, and Alice Walker's Pulitzer-prize
      winning novel, The Colour Purple.
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