More misguided censorship of “Huckleberry Finn” in secondary schools

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According to the American Library Association, Huckleberry Finn is #14 on their list of “most banned or challenged books“, with “challenging” meaning “attempts to remove a book from a library”, and “banning” meaning “a successful removal”. Here are the first 15 books on the “top 100 list” from 2000-2009 (lists compiled by decade), in order with the most/banned challenged works at the top. The results are surprising, but I bet you can guess why some folks find these books offensive:Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 12.33.14 PM

One would think, for instance, that Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison’s books, both superb expositions of black culture and oppression, wouldn’t be banned, but they’re banned because of their sexual content, as are many other books.

That’s not the case for Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the great and influential novel by Mark Twain. Ernest Hemingway said this of that book: “All modern American literature comes from one book by…

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