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WSH CTA 202: History of Media Censorship

In this Guide You Will Find...

  • access to a Jamboard that we will use for discussion questions
  • links to videos and resources on the history of book banning
  • lists of banned and challenged books
  • books, journal articles, and web resources on intellectual freedom/first amendment rights and libraries
  • links to library newspaper databases
  • anti-censorship resources



An attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group.  A banning is the removal of those materials.  Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.


A change in the access status of material, based on the content of the work and made by a governing authority or its representatives. Such changes include exclusion, restriction, removal, or age/grade level changes.

Intellectual Freedom

The right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.

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