The Importance Of Censorship Of Written Books

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Libraries were expected to act as the righteous guardians of literature. As a result, this gave teachers and librarians license to censor a wide range of books in libraries, under the false front of protecting readers from morally wrong and offensive literature, (Newth 2010). Censorship of written words has been around as long as any type of written or verbal words have been around. Religion has and still it the most frequent reason for the censorship. For example, in 14th the century, censorship was exercised, as reading the Wycliffe Bible was forbidden by the clergy. The reason was that the church feared that this translation had corrupted or misinterpreted the original text of the Bible. It wasn’t just Biblical or spiritual texts…show more content…
Some of these banned books are very famous, and are great pieces of literature. Censorship of books such as: Call of the Wild by Jack London, For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway, Fahrenheit 451, Gone with the Wind, the Grapes of Wrath, among many, many others, (“Banned Books That Shaped America.”). The reason for censorship varied from book to book. Some books “encouraged” violence. Some were deemed to suggestive or sexual. Others were censored because of language, or extreme descriptions of violence. But some were censored for the message they potrayed and contained. Books that hinted at hoemsexuality, comunisum, magic, or anything remotely against the mainstream opinions, or anything against the mainstreamed views that most of Americans held was censored, or heavily persecuted. This problem, though majorly lessens, stills exists today. Censorship still exists, even if the censorship may not be as apparent. The First Amendment gives its public the right to make their own judgments, be it on religion, literature, or moral issues.The right to speak and the right to publish under the First Amendment has been interpreted widely to protect individuals and society from government attempts to suppress ideas and information, and to forbid government censorship of books, magazines, and newspapers as well as art, film, music and materials on the internet. However, in 1915, a supreme
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