Banning The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn : Progress Never Started With Censorship

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Banning The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; progress never started with censorship
The book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in December of 1884. It was first banned in Concord, Massachusetts from the Concord Public Library in March of 1885. Since it was first published, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn has been opposed and banned. The book is powerful and provides an amazing window into what this country was like during this time period, banning this book is not an ethical thing to do because readers learn and grow from it, and people should know how the United States was in that time period so that we do not regress as a society. The book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, (Huck Finn hereafter) was first banned from the Concord Public Library just four months after it was first published. Claiming it was “flippant” and “trash of the veriest sort,” the committee banned Huck Finn from the library (NY Herald on Concord Library, paragraph 2), and in doing so became the first in a long line of public facilities such as libraries and schools to ban the book. The Concord Library did not ban the book for any solid reason, either. The library committee gives multiple unsound reasons why it was banned such as, seeming to contain very little humor, having the “language of a rough, ignorant dialect,” and dealing with experiences that “are certainly not elevating” (NY Herald, 2).
The Library had no right to ban Huck Finn on these grounds. The reason that…

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