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Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff
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May 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011-goal-50

What a fascinating fictional book about censorship in schools!

The book is written for a young adult audience, but I think anyone could benefit from reading it. It is about a father who tries to get Huckleberry Finn removed from a school because of racial words used in the book. When some teachers and the librarian refuse the principles request to appease this parent, more groups get involved saying that the book is also sexist, or immoral. As the battle grows, the students are pitted against each other, teachers are pitted against each other, and the entire town is divided until even the national news gets in on the story.

There were scenes in the book when the two sides are arguing their points that were so eloquently written and the word so carefully chosen, that even I found myself siding with sides that were opposed to my views on the matter of censorship.

A truly powerfully written book.
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May 20, 2011 – Started Reading
May 20, 2011 – Shelved
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May 21, 2011 – Finished Reading
July 2, 2012 – Shelved as: 2011-goal-50

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