Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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In Defense of To Kill A Mockingbird Rough Draft To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been banned and/or challenged over thirty times since its publication in 1960. Effectively preventing many students from enjoying the novel and benefitting from its message. To ignore racism is no different than denying it ever existed. To Kill a Mockingbird is appropriate for mature adolescence/students and should not be banned from schools. Despite its sexual related content, or profanity, a valuable lesson remains that should be taught to students. Reasons for banning and/or challenging To Kill a Mockingbird are usually the same or very similar. Mostly for the references to rape, profanity, use of the word “nigger” and sometimes because of racism. One time in Cherry Hill, NJ, To Kill a Mockingbird was banned in fears of black children becoming upset reading it. Most school boards will try to justify the bans by demonizing To Kill a Mockingbird and Harper Lee. In 1966, Lee wrote a letter of response to the attempts of banning To Kill a Mockingbird, discarding it as “immoral literature”. She said: “Recently I have received echoes down this way of the Hanover County School Board 's activities, and what I 've heard makes me wonder if any of its members can read. Surely it is plain to the simplest intelligence that To Kill a Mockingbird spells out in words of seldom more than two syllables a code of honor and conduct, Christian in its ethic, that is the heritage of all Southerners. To…

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