Book Banned in the United States of America

Book Banned in the United States of America

This is a paper that requires the student to choose a book banned in the United States of America. The paper also provides additional information to use in the writing of the assignment paper. Below is the assessment description to follow:

Choose a book banned in the United States of America

Choose a book that has been banned in the United States of America.  Write a research paper recording your findings about and arguing for or against the practice of censorship.

I Have chosen the book Lord of the Flies. I’m Arguing against censorship of the book. I don’t think books should be censored. I have the 3 references and will attach them in a word doc already on a reference page. the reference page is not included in the 4 pages. You can also add references if you would like or need to to make the argument. Please let me know if you have any questions and don’t hesitate to contact me please.

Consider the following questions:

Who decides what books should be banned in the United States?  When did book banning begin?  What is the most common reason for banning a book?  How does this coincide with freedom of speech in our country?  What are the significant historical and social events of the time period the book is banned?  How does book banning affect the author of the book?  If so, how and why?

Include the following ideas/paragraphs in your argument essay:

Firstly, introduction/thesis

Secondly, a brief History of Book Banning

Thirdly, an intersections of History and Literature

Fourthly, Literary Criticism of Banned Book

Evaluation of Book Banning/Counterpoint and Rebuttal


Research the terms “banned book” and “censorship” and provide background and definition.

Look up your chosen title and author.  Consider how the time period and important historical and social events of the author’s lifetime may have influenced his or her literature.

Read what literary critics have to say about the banned book as a whole.

Arrive at a conclusion as to whether it was a fair decision and refer to factual evidence.

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