The History Of Banned Books

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The first amendment of the US Constitution conveys that congress is prohibited from creating a law that restricts the freedom of speech, religion, press, or the right to petition. According to history.com, “The US Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed certain basic rights for its citizens”. Though, it is still in the US Constitution today, its become more insignificant when laws are being regulated or put into place. Claire Mullally found the history of banned and challenged books had been traced back all the way to 320 BC, when Plato described the ideal society. Though, others have traced banned and censored books back from the beginning; when writers had begun writing stories. In ancient times, when a book had been banned they would burn it to ensure no one would ever read it. After the printing press was invented in 1450, it made it possible to create many books at a time. This made book-burning no longer effective, though, people still participated in it as a symbol of rebellion. In America, more than three hundred years later, Anthony Comstock persuaded congress to pass a law that banned materials found to be “lewd, indecent, filthy or obscene”; later …show more content…
The book was originally written to educate its readers of migrant field workers, the american dream through the eyes of field workers, and the close friendship between George and Lennie. Though the book was popular, it is banned in many schools and libraries. They consider the text vulgar, obscene, and racists. Although, this book is still taught in schools despite its reputation. From Of Mice and Men, “Just like heaven. Ever’body wants a little piece of lan’. I read plenty of books out here. Nobody never gets to heaven, and nobody gets no land. It’s just in their head. They’re all the time talkin’ about it, but it’s jus’ in their

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