Presentation on theme: "Book Burning. Before the printing press, burning books was an effective form of censorship. Each book was handmade, so there were only a few books."— Presentation transcript:
Before the printing press, burning books was an effective form of censorship. Each book was handmade, so there were only a few books. You could control ideas and information by burning books. Recently governments have used book burnings to intimidate people and show their power.
University students burned more than 25,000 volumes of “un-German” books. Nazi leaders gave speeches, bands played, and people cheered as books were tossed into the fire.
Anything about another type of government. Anything written by an author from another country. Any German writing that was against Nazi leadership. Any books by Jewish authors.
A German Jewish poet He wrote a play called Almansor. The play has a famous line, “Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.“ In English - "Where they burn books, they will also ultimately burn people."
In New York, 100,000 people marched for six hours to protest the Nazi’s book burning.
15 years later, hundreds of comic books were burned in West Virginia and New York. The news reported the comic book burnings and many other cities burned their children’s comic books.
In August 2010, a Florida church announced it would burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11. They changed their minds.
Another church in decided to burn the Qur’an. They did on March 20, 2011.
Banned books are books that people don’t want other people to read. Sometimes they want the books to be burned. Sometimes they want them to be taken out of school libraries. Sometimes they want teachers to stop reading the books in school.
People who want to ban books think they are keeping America safe for children. They think that these books can make kids become bad if kids read them. Other people think Americans have the right to free speech and that people shouldn’t control what other people read or say. They think people should only be able to tell their own children what they can or cannot read, not everyone else’s kids.
Banned Book Week is celebrated every year by people who want to stop people from banning books. They encourage everyone to talk about this topic and to read books that they feel comfortable with reading. This year’s celebration is Sept. 30 – Oct. 6. It is the 30 th anniversary of Banned Book Week.
Language, and racism
Disrespect, horror, and violence One of the most banned books in the 1990s
The battle between good and evil is too close to religious views
It’s a downer.
The author has the same name as a Marxist and no one checked to see if it was the same person.
Swearing, negative view of life, death, witchcraft, and disrespectful to adults
Scary, graphic pictures
It’s about Halloween.
Swearing, violent, scary, witchcraft
Euthanasia and suicide
Vampires and werewolves
Too scary and violent
It makes loggers look bad
It deals with rape
Insulting to religions Rebellious children Magic
The Oompa-Loompas used to be African Pygmies and some people thought Roald Dahl was being racist
Too violent, scary, witchcraft
Swearing, death, dark themes
It’s about underpants, toilets, and bathroom stuff – Ewwww!
Animal cruelty, violence
Farting, kidnapping, disobeying parents
Drinking, drunk driving, attempted suicide
What do you think? Is there a valid reason to burn or ban books? Where is the line? Where are we headed in the future?