Hudson Falls Book Bannings

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Date: 1994

Region: North America

Subject:Explicit Sexuality, Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Literature


Artist: James Baldwin, Robert Cormier, Tobias Wolff and J.D.Salinger

Confronting Bodies: Hudson Falls School Board, Hudson Falls, NY

Dates of Action: February 1994

Location: Hudson Falls, NY 12839

Description of Artwork: Banning of Catcher in the Rye, Go Tell It on the Mountain (novel), The Chocolate War, and A Boy's Life. Grounds include sex scenes and themes of questioning authority.

The Incident: Parents objected to several of theses books (only The Chocolate War was actually on the curriculum) and asked that they be removed from the curriculum and library. The Super intendant of Schools decided not to comply with this (circa Nov 1994), but now the School Board is pushing the action anyway (Feb 1995).

Results of Incident: Unknown as yet.

Source: Local paper - The Post Star, Family, English teacher. MacLaren North (Chippendale, NSW, Australia)