America prides itself on its many freedoms. The one that is held most dear to the citizens is the First Amendment—Freedom of Speech and Expression. You would think that with this amendment, banning books in the country would be unheard of. Well, that isn’t necessarily the case. In fact, the country has banned numerous books—not only for the story, but some books have been banned because of the cover art!
In this list, you will find only a few of the books America has been banned or challenged in the past. Some of which may surprise you!
1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
In 1885 (bet you didn’t think it was that old!) the book was banned in Concord, MA. At the time, the book was called “trash and suitable only for the slums,” and it is one of the most-challenged books ever written. Even today, the book is challenged because the word “nigger” appears in the book an astounding 219 times, which makes the book racially insensitive, oppressive and is said to promote racism.