Censorship of Books in American Literature


American Literature; Period 3


February 6, 2004


American Lit


January 28, 2004


Outline


Censorship of Books in American History


I Intro


A Banned books background


1. History


2. Other books


B. Thesis-


The censorship of books is unnecessary and should be considered unconstitutional; the right to free speech is our first amendment and the banning of certain books takes away one of the most basic ideas this country was founded on.


II History (in depth)


A. Early


1. first books banned


2. reasons banned


B. South


1. acceptable southern material


2. reason books banned in south


C. North


1. Acceptable material in north


2. Reasons books were banned in north


III Pre Civil War Lit


A. Acceptance


1. standards of pre civil war writing


2. top writers of this period


B. Influences on writing


1. Political


2. Economy


3. Previous wars


IV During Civil War


A. Acceptance


1. Standards of writing during this time


2. Top writers of civil war period


B. Influence of writing


Political


Economy


Wars


V Mark Twain life and writing


A. Community affects Twains writing style


1. Home


2. Family


3. Community


4. Able to Switch Dialect


B. Biography


1 Bachelor days


2. Marriage


3. Writing life


C. Famous Books


1. Huck Finn


2. Tom Sawyer


3. Prince and the Pauper


4. Others


D Banned Books of Twain


1. Huck Finn


a. Unsophisticated


b. Racially problematic


2. Tom Sawyer


a. Poor role models


b. Unsophisticated


VI Post Civil War


A. Acceptance of material


1. Standards


2. Top writers of the Era


B. Influences of writing


1. Politics


2. Past wars and after effects of civil war


3. Economy at times after war


VII Modern writing


A. Acceptance in today writing


1. Standards today


a. Television and movies effecting today’s society


2. Top writers


B Influences


1. Politics today


2. Recent wars


3. Today’s economy


4. Mark Twain


VII Banned Books


A. Banned books from schools and libraries


1. reasons books have been banned


2. most famous Books banned


B. Most Challenged books of today


1. Why challenged


2. Regions of America


IX Conclusion


A. Restated Thesis-


Obviously the censorship of books is unnecessary and should be considered unconstitutional. The right to free speech is our first amendment and the banning of these books has taken away one of the most basic rules this country was founded on.


B- Hemmingway quote in reference to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


“All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”


American Literature Per. 3


January 28, 2004


Final


The Censorship of Books in American Literature


Since America’s foundation literature has been questioned because of the times it was published in and the area it was distributed. Some of America’s most famous works have been banned at one time. This leads to the discussion of book censorship in American literature, including reasons books were banned and how the great writer Mark Twain led the way of pushing limits in American Literature. The censorship of books is unnecessary and should be considered unconstitutional; the right to free speech is our first amendment and the banning of certain books takes away one of the most basic ideas this country was founded on.


Most of the first writing in America came from Puritans. These early colonists mainly wrote journals about American life and the way things were in this new land. Many Puritans used the journals as advertisements and had the books published in England so new interested colonists would come to America for its promised, “new and better life.” (Guggenheim)


As times progressed and American life began to develop, politicians stated writing speeches using emotion in them. This emotion led to the questioning of


published material for the first time in America. In 1792, Thomas Paine’s work, The Right’s of Man defended the French revolution, and defended the religion Deism over Christianity (Okerbloom). Most of the questioning of books at this time was about religion or questioning a king’s ruling.


Books were banned long before the United States was born. In the 16th century publishing was banned because it defended one of the men King Louis XIV killed. Although never in America, the Bible has been banned many times over the years mainly in the Soviet Union, but the book has been banned as recently as 1996 in Singapore, where a woman was charged for having a copy of the bible.