The legal aspects of censorship of public school library and instructional materials

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Elizabeth W. Detty (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: Historical research determines that censorship based on politics, religion, or morality has been a continual issue from early recorded history of man to the present. American settlers brought with them to the new world a heritage of suppression of reading matter by church and state. Censorship of obscenity in reading matter began in the early eighteenth century in the New England colonies; however, it did not become a legal issue in the United States until the early 1800s. From that time until the present, obscenity has been a matter of concern for the judiciary. This study presents an historical perspective of censorship in order to develop the history of censorship in the United States. A definition of obscenity is given as it has evolved through the judiciary from the nineteenth century until the present.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
School libraries $x Censorship
Instructional materials centers $x Censorship
Censorship $x Legal status, laws, etc.

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