Male and Female Under Eighteen (poetry)

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Date: 1978

Region: North America

Subject: Language

Medium: Literature


Artists: Student poets, librarian and a committee

Confronting Bodies: Chelsea, Massachusetts Board of Education

Date of Action: A Hunter High School student wrote the poem in 1973. The Board of Education removed the book from the school library in 1978.

Location: Chelsea, Massachusetts

Description of Artwork: The anthology, Male and Female Under Eighteen, included the poem the City to a Young Girl.

The Incident: The Chelsea, Massachusetts Board of Education removed the book, Male and Female Under Eighteen from the school library.

Results of Incident: The librarian of the school and a committee objected to the removal of the book and it was later replaced in the library.

Source: Long Island Coalition Against Censorship, "Censorship in Schools and Libraries" exhibit