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Challenged Books 1990 - 1999
( American Library Association )
Challenged multiple times in high school classrooms because of violence and sexually explicit passages. In one case a parent filed charges with the county police against the school superintendent because he allowed students to access The House of Spirits and four other books. (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
Challenged and removed from multiple high school classrooms because of 'profanity' and 'sex'. "In March 2006, one parent who felt it was her 'duty to ensure no student be able to read The Handmaids Tale in class' succeeded in having the book removed from the Judson Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. The complain noted that it was ' 'sexually explicit and offensive to Christians'. The book was part of an advanced placement curriculum. See Literature Suppressed on Sexual Grounds for more details.
"Critics at Owen (North Carolina) High School challenged the book in 1981 for being 'demoralizing' by implying that man is little more than an animal, and the appropriateness of the novel as a reading assignment was challenged at Marana (Arizona) High School in 1983." "The Toronto (Ontario, Canada) board of education ruled on June 23, 1988 that the novel is 'racist and recommended that it be removed from all schools,' after parents and members of the black community complained that it degraded blacks because the boys paint themselves and savagely hunt and kill both wild boars and later several of their group, while they refer to themselves as a 'tribe.'" "In 1992, the novel was challenged as indecent by protesters in the Waterloo, Iowa, schools. The challenge was based on perceived profanity, lurid passages, and statements viewed as being derogatory to minorities, women, and the disabled." (See Banned in the USA for more details.)
"Beloved has been challenged in school districts because of the violence that permeates the novel." See Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds for more details.
Challenged, but retained, in the Columbus, OH schools (1993). The complainant believed that the book contains language degrading to blacks, and is sexually explicit. Removed from required reading lists and library shelves in the Richmond County, GA. School District (1994) after a parent complained that passages from the book are "filthy and inappropriate." (ALA.org)
Banned in Ireland (1953); Syracuse, IN (1974); Oil City, PA (I977); Grand Blanc, MI (1979); Continental, OH (1980) and other communities. Challenged in Greenville, SC (1977) by the Fourth Province of the Knights of the Ku Klux KIan; Vernon Verona Sherill, NY School District (1980); St. David, AZ (1981) and Tell City, IN (1982) due to "profanity and using God's name in vain." Challenged at the Newton, IA High School (2007) because of concerns about profanity and the portrayal of Jesus Christ. Newton High School has required students to read the book since at least the early 1980s. In neighboring Des Moines, it is on the recommended reading list for ninth-grade English, and it is used for some special education students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. Retained in the Olathe, KS ninth grade curriculum (2007) despite a parent calling the novel a 'worthless, profanity-riddled book' which is derogatory towards African Americans, women, and the developmentally disabled. (ALA.org)
Upon publication, Huckleberry Finn was banned by Concord Public Library (and others) because it "deals with a series of adventures of a very low grade of morality; it is couched in the language of a rough dialect, & to sum up, the book is flippant and irreverent in its style & and it is trash of the veriest sort." In 1998, the US Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected a request to remove Huckleberry Finn from the required reading list at a school in Tempe, Arizona following charges that the book is a "racist book" and that the "school district was racially insensitive for not removing it". (see Banned in the U.S.A.)
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