Does anyone have information about the censorship of Harper Lee?i need info about harper lee censorship

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a history of censorship of To Kill a Mockingbird, which might be surprising to you.  In 1966, the book was banned by a school district in Virginia for being "immoral" and  "improper." I have provided a link to a web site with information about the book banning in the first link below. 

If we fast-forward a bit more than 40 years, we can find an example in 2009 in Canada of censorship.  A parent complained about the use of racial epithets in the book, and the school board promptly removed it.  The second link is an article about that event, and the article recounts other examples of the book being banned in Canada. 

There are no doubt many examples of censorship or attempted censorship between those events.  You must remember that most school boards are composed of people who are elected, and when parents complain, they react rather quickly, sometimes without giving much thought to whether a complaint has any validity. 

What is your own opinion on censorship?  Should high school students be allowed to read anything?  If we allow parents or other community members to decide what we read, will we turn into the people portrayed in Fahrenheit 451

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