The banning of books is one of the oldest and most commonly practiced forms of censorship in human history. For centuries, governments, religious authorities, and countless other groups have made a practice of banning any works of literature they deem to be offensive for one reason or another. Although the reasons for book banning and the organizations behind such bans have varied greatly over the years, the practice continues into the twenty-first century.
Book bans can be issued by a variety of authorities. Governments or religious institutions often initiate large-scale book bans. Small-scale book bans are commonly enacted by minor governing bodies, such as school boards, at the urging of groups of concerned individuals. The stated reasons for the banning...Read more