Write 8 pages with APA style on Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries. This research will aim to ascertain the extent of censorship in both public and school libraries and whether there is any justification for such censorship (Curry, 30).
History of public library censorship
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Censoring public libraries started a long time ago. Control of library materials has been a continuous exercise (Thompson, 32). Such rules have been based on material, moral contents, and their effect on readers. The information contained in the material has been another basis of such controls. The focus of censorship has been based on the current climate and the day’s suspicions at heart (Malley, 90). Malley demonstrates this by showing the importance of literature just immediately after the Second World War. Enemy literature became a target of censorship. Their literature being destroyed by the enemy state. This threatened the contents of enemy libraries.
Multiculturalism was on the rise leading to “damage of racist and religious intolerant literature” (Malley., 80). In the year 1990, censorship of literature was based on politics. In the 1970s, censorship almost stopped but later on continued (Oppenheim and Smith, 170).
Banning books in public school libraries have been full of legal battles. Suites are filed for or against the banning of individual books. There have been famous landmark cases in the USA. These have provided a basis for making decisions during judgments on book censorship. Examples of such instances are Martin v. City of Trutherss of 1943.
. . . . . . . . . . . The decision made in Minarcini V. Strongsville City School District of 1976 affirmed the battle of human rights. There had been a recommendation by teachers to their students on the usage of” Catch 22, and God Bless you” in the student’s discussion of great American literature. The school board, however, ordered the removal of such books. This did not spare “Cat’s Cradle,” either.