From its very beginning, the United States has struggled with "dangerous" points of view and today, in the 21st century, attempts at censorship are as strong as ever. This book focuses on contemporary arenas of censorship—adult bookstores, libraries, newspapers, photography, music, books, and the Internet.
Presenting an overview of information control in America, this volume discusses why some works of art and literature are controversial, and examines the arguments of both those who advocate unlimited free speech and those who would impose some limits.
Censorship in America discusses why many objects of art, literature, and popular culture are considered controversial, and examines the arguments of both sides. It explores the current wave of censorship in the form of political correctness and covers groundbreaking litigation and proposed legislation.
Mary E. Hull is a professional writer specializing in history and current events. She is the author of several books for young adults including The Boston Tea Party in American History and The Mongol Empire.
Reviews "Hull's handbook provides an up to date introduction to contemporary censorship in the U.S. ... currency is important so reference selectors will want to consider this item ... reference librarians at the college level will find it a useful addition."—Choice
"Hull provides a comprehensive introduction to complicated and topical issues with background information that is interesting and as up to date as possible ... Students have a built-in interest in freedom of expressions issues, and this resource is a valuable tool to begin serious study."—VOYA
"This book is a modern and well-done examination of censorship. As a part of the Contemporary Issues Series from ABC-CLIO, it is a solid choice for any library from high school on up."—American Reference Books Annual
"Continues the series giving high school and undergraduate students a background of uncontested information and representative statements of the positions taken by opponents in current issues."—Reference & Research Book News