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We have been reading about and discussing five works which have been suppressed on what Karolides, Bald, and Sova have referred to as political grounds. This assignment gives you an opportunity to do some meta-analysis of these readings and discussions.

Student Learning Objectives Addressed

Instructions for Your Paper

In the first step, please create a table. In the left column, list the five works that we have been discussing that have been suppressed on political grounds. In the right column give a short characterization of the objections to each work.

Work Objections to the work
Work Objections to the work
Work Objections to the work
Work Objections to the work
Work Objections to the work

Take a moment to re-visit the descriptions of the works themselves. These works at first seem very different. On closer inspection, do you see any commonalities among the works?

Next, did you perceive what might be considered hidden agendas in the objections to these works? If so, what were these agendas? Are there commonalities among the agendas behind objections to the various works?

Envision yourself as a librarian in a public library. Describe how you would defend each of these works, given both the overt objections and any possible subtexts to the objections, if you were called before your Library Board of Directors, the local Board of Education, or your state legislature. Why should we collect these works and make them available to the public? How would you counter the objections that have been made to these works?

Which of the Intellectual Freedom resources we have seen thus far might be of greatest use to you in formulating your defense?

Finally, how do our discussions of the suppression of books on political grounds relate to our earlier readings, including On liberty?

As with your previous reflection paper, the text of this paper (excluding title page and "literature cited") should be at least three pages, double-spaced. Citations are required. Please use the author-date method as described in Turabian. A helpful online resource for creating citations using Turabian is provided by the Long Island University B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, available at:

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