As long as the written word has existed, there have been attempts to prevent its publication.
From the Bible to Little Red Riding Hood, the merits of a wide range of literature have been hotly contested.
Banned Books Week, observed during the final week of September each year since 1981, brings to light issues of
censorship and focuses on the debate over what should or should not be considered
Throughout history, parents, politicians and concerned citizens have fought to keep books such as
The Anarchist Cookbook and
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
off school and public library shelves. Citing reasons like immoral content, violence and racism, opposing groups
range from religious congregations to ethnic communities. There are numerous campaigns for and against the prohibition of certain materials, and almost every one
has found its way onto the Web in some form.
Banned Books On-line contains links to lists of
banned books and censorship resources online, in addition to many articles on book censorship.
The ACLU and Banned Books
provide information on the practice of censorship and its implementation in American society.
Another extensive resource on the subject is
Banned Books and Censorship. Sponsored by Books A to Z,
a book publishing resource site, this page contains a large number of links to a wide range of resources.
Groups that promote sanctions on printed materials also voice their opinions on the Web.
One such group is the American Family Association.
A religious organization known for opposing works they deem contrary to Christian morality.
Their site outlines a number of their positions.