Freedom to Read

Happy Independence Day! Please enjoy this lovely historical reenactment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZfRaWAtBVg&feature=youtu.be

America has a complicated relationship with banned books and intellectual freedom. It seems we are caught in an endless tug of war between independent thinkers and those afraid of independent thinkers (continuing the themes discussed in last week’s A Wrinkle in Time review).

Thus, I wish you all a happy day of BBQs and fireworks and hope you’ll consider picking up Common Sense (actually read it, unlike the members of a certain political party) or “Action Comics #1” (Superman beating up abusive husbands and exposing the corporate greed behind war, what’s not to love?) or any number of books we’ve discussed on this blog for a glimpse into America’s long history of censorship and controversial ideas.

“Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.”

– President John F. Kennedy

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About boundandgaggedbooks

Shannon is a freelance writer and folklore buff. She has a degree from Hampshire College in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion, with an emphasis on epic/oral traditions, their anthropological implications, and their modern counterparts. Her work can be found in Fabulously Feminist, Wolf Wariors: The National Wolfwatcher Coalition Anthology, The Concord Monitor, Redhead Magazine, and The Climax.

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