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Banned Books Week: Censorship Resources in the MVCC Libraries   Tags: banned_books, banned_books_week, censorship, challenged_books, freedom_of_speech  

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*Every year a week in September is set aside by the American Library Association to explore censorship issues and to celebrate intellectual freedom and the freedom to read: Banned Books Week.   The following is a list of resources on censorship of books, films, television, journalism, and the internet, available at the MVCC Libraries.


American Library Association.  Office for Intellectual Freedom.   Intellectual Freedom Manual.  8th ed.

     (Z711.4 .I57 2010)

Baez, Fernando.  A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq.

     (Z 659 .B3413 2008)

Bald, Margaret.  Literature Suppressed on Religious Grounds.  (Ref Z 657 .B35 1998)

Bauder, Julia, ed.  Censorship.  (Current Controversies)  (Z 658 .U5 C395 2007)

Becker, Beverley C.  Hit List for Children 2: Frequently Challenged Books.  (Ref Z 1019 .B38 2002)

Boyer, Paul S.   Purity in Print: the Vice-Society Movement and Book Censorship in America.

     (KF 4775 .B6 2002)

Burress, Lee.   Battle of the Books: Literary Censorship in the Public Schools, 1950-1985

     (Z 658 .U5 B87 1989)

Censored: the Top 25 Censored Stories.  (PN 4888 .P86 C46)  (Library has 2000, 2003-2009)

Childs, Elizabeth, ed.  Suspended License: Censorship and the Visual Arts.  (N 8740 .S87 1997)

Cohen, Karl F.  Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America.

     (NC 1766.5 .C45 C64 2004)

Dadge, David, ed.  Silenced: International Journalists Expose Media Censorship.  (PN 4736 .S55 2005)

Deibert, Ronald, ed.  Access Denied: the Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering.

     (QA 76.9 .A25 A275 2008)

DelFattore, Joan.  What Johnny Shouldn’t Read:  Textbook Censorship in America.  (LB 3045.7 .D45 1992)

Doherty, Thomas Patrick.  Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration.

     (PN 1995.62 .D64 2007)

Doyle, Robert P.   Banned Books Resource Guide, 1997.   (Z 658 .U5 B37 1997)

Espejo, Roman, ed.  Should Music Lyrics Be Censored for Violence and Exploitation?  (At Issue)

     (ML 3531 .S56 2008)

Foerstel, Herbert N.  Banned in the Media: a Reference Guide to Censorship in the Press, Motion Pictures,

      Broadcasting, and the Internet.  (P 96 .C42 U654 1998)

Foerstel, Herbert N.   Banned in the USA: a Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public

     Libraries.   (Ref Z 658 .U5 F64 1994)

Foerstel, Herbert N.  Free Expression and Censorship in America: an Encyclopedia. (Z 658 .U5 F644 1997)

Houchin, John H.  Censorship of the American Theatre in the Twentieth Century (PN 2044 .U62 H68 2003)

Jackson, Holbrook.   The Fear of Books.  (Z 1003 .J13 2001)

Jennings, Brian.  Censorship: the Threat to Silence Talk Radio.  (KF 2812 .J46 2009)

Karolides, Nicholas J., ed.  Censored Books: Critical Viewpoints.  (PS 65 .C46 C46 1993)

Karolides, Nicholas J., ed.  Censored Books II: Critical Viewpoints, 1985-2000.  (PS 65 .C46 C45 2002)

Karolides, Nicholas J., ed.  Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds.  (Ref Z 657 .K37 1998)

Karolides, Nicholas J.   100 Banned Books: Censorship Histories of World Literature. (Z 658 .U5 K35 1999)

Knuth, Rebecca.  Libricide: the Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth

     Century.  (Z 569 .K58 2003)

Lankford, Ronnie D., ed.  Book Banning.  (At Issue: Civil Liberties) (Z 657 .B73 2008)

LaRue, James.  The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges.

     (Z 716.4 .L37 2007)

Lehr, Susan S., ed.  Battling Dragons: Issues and Controversies in Children’s Literature.

      (PN 1009 .A1 B36 1995)

Lesesne, Teri S.   Hit List for Young Adults 2: Frequently Challenged Books.  (Ref Z 1019 .L48 2002)

Marsh, Dave.   50 Ways to Fight Censorship and Important Facts to Know About the Censors.

     (Z 658 .U5 M37 1991)

Miller, Neil.  Banned in Boston: the Watch and Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and

     the Social Evil.  (HV 6795 .B7 M55 2010)

Monks, Merri M., ed.  Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Young Adults. (Ref Z 1019 .H68 1996)

Nakaya, Andrea C., ed.  Censorship: Opposing Viewpoints.  (Z 658 .U5 C433 2005)

New York Public Library.   Censorship: 500 Years of Conflict.  (Z 657 .C4 1984)

Noble, William.   Bookbanning in America: Who Bans Books?—and Why?   (Z 658 .U5 N6 1990)

Oboler, Eli M.   Defending Intellectual Freedom: the Library and the Censor.  (Z 711.4 .O26 1980)

Pistolis, Donna Reidy, ed.   Hit List: Frequently Challenged Books for Children.  (Ref Z 1019 .H63 1996)

Polastron, Lucien X.  Books on Fire: the Destruction of Libraries Throughout History. (Z 721 .P5613 2007)

Pondillo, Robert.  America's First Network TV Censor: the Work of NBC's Stockton Helffrich

     (PN 1992.4 .H42 P76 2010)

Ravitch, Diane.  The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn.

     (LB 3045.7 .R38 2004)

Scales, Pat.   Teaching Banned Books: 12 Guides for Young Readers.   (Z 1019 .S33 2001)

Silverman, David S.  You Can't Air That: Four Cases of Controversy and Censorship in American Television

     Programming.  (PN 1992.3 .U5 S555 2007)  (also available in Rome)

Simmons, John S.  School Censorship in the 21st Century: a Guide for Teachers and School Library

     Media Specialists.   (LC 72.2 .S56 2001)

Soley, Lawrence C.  Censorship, Inc.: the Corporate Threat to Free Speech in the United States.

     (JC 591 .S65 2002)

Sova, Dava B.  Banned Plays: Censorship Histories of 125 Stage Dramas.  (Ref PN 2042 .S68 2004)

Sova, Dava B.  Forbidden Films: Censorship Histories of 125 Motion Pictures (Ref PN 1995.62 .S67 2001)

Sova, Dava B.  Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds.  (Ref Z 657 .S68 1998)

Sova, Dava B.  Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds.  (Ref Z 657 .S69 1998)

Thomas, Cal.   Book Burning.   (Rome Z 659 .T48 1983)

Wallis, David.  Killed Cartoons: Casualties From the War on Free Expression.  (E 743 .K55 2007)

West, Mark I.   Trust Your Children: Voices Against Censorship in Children’s Literature.

     (Z 1037 .A1 W38 1988)

Wiegand, Shirley A.  Books on Trial: Red Scare in the Heartland.  (KF 221 .P6 W54 2007)

Wittern-Keller, Laura.  Freedom of the Screen: Legal Challenges to State Film Censorship, 1915-1981.

     (PN 1995.62 .W58 2008)



This Film is Not Yet Rated.  (Educational DVDs PN 1993.5 .U65 T45 2007)

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