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First Amendment



"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Among other things, the First Amendment guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.




    Challenged books

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    Dracula - Joan Acocella (Introduction by); Bram Stoker
    Call Number: 823 STO
    ISBN: 9780307593856
    Publication Date: 2010-05-04

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    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
    Call Number: BIO Angelou
    ISBN: 9780345514400
    Publication Date: 2009-04-21

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    Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (Illustrator)
    Call Number: FIC SAT (Woodbridge)
    ISBN: 9780375422300
    Publication Date: 2003-04-29
    From the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014

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    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie; Ellen Forney (Illustrator)
    Call Number: FIC ALE (Brooklyn)
    ISBN: 9780316013697
    Publication Date: 2009-04-01
    From the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014

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    The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X; Alex Haley (As told to)
    Call Number: BIO X
    ISBN: 9780345379757
    Publication Date: 1992-09-29

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    The catcher in the rye
    Call Number: FIC SAL
    ISBN: 0316769487
    Since its publication, this title has been a favorite target of censors.
    In 1963, a delegation of parents of high school students in Columbus, OH, asked the school board to ban the novel for being "anti-white" and "obscene."

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    The Jungle - Upton Sinclair; Earl Lee (Foreword by); Kathleen DeGrave (Introduction by)
    Call Number: FIC SIN
    ISBN: 1884365302
    Publication Date: 2003-04-01

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    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    Call Number: FIC HOS (Westchester)
    ISBN: 9781573222457
    Publication Date: 2003-06-02
    From the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014

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    The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
    Call Number: FIC CHB
    ISBN: 9781451696202
    Publication Date: 2012-08-14

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    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    Call Number: FIC LEE
    ISBN: 9780061120084
    Publication Date: 2006-05-23

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    The bluest eye
    Call Number: FIC MOR
    ISBN: 0375411550
    Publication Date: 1970

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    The Great Gatsby
    Call Number: FIC FIT
    ISBN: 0743273567
    Publication Date: 1953

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    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain (Performed by); John Seelye (Contribution by)
    Call Number: FIC TWA
    ISBN: 0140390464
    Publication Date: 1986-01-07


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