Book Banning Persuasive Essay

Book Banning
Looks at the banning of books as a form of censorship in the U.S.A.
# 115400 | 2,455 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper explains that banning books is a major violation of someone's rights as defined by the First Amendment. The freedom to read is crucial to the country's democracy, the author states; however, it is constantly under attack. The paper relates several examples of book banning cases and their effect on the community.

From the Paper:

"These challenges against books have caused a great deal of controversy, often leading to the occurrence of court cases and violence. One censorship lawsuit that occurred in the 1980s caused a major ruckus. "Mozert v. Hawkins County Public Schools", which was filed by Tennessee parents, who maintained that an entire elementary school reading series, including "Cinderella", "Goldilocks", and "The Wizard of Oz", violated their fundamentalist religious beliefs."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burress, Lee. Battle of the Books. Metuchen: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1989.
  • Delfattore, Joan. What Johnny Shouldn't Read: Textbook Censorship in America. New Haven: Yale UP, 1994.
  • Foerstel, Herbert N. Banned in the USA: A Reference Guide to Book Censorship in Schools and Public Libraries. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006.
  • Mullally, Claire. "Banned Books." First Amendment Center. 4 Jan. 2007. 21 Oct. 2007 <>.
  • O'Neil, Robert M. Classrooms in the Crossfire. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1981.

Cite this Persuasive Essay:

APA Format

Book Banning (2009, July 19) Retrieved September 29, 2023, from

MLA Format

"Book Banning" 19 July 2009. Web. 29 September. 2023. <>