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Banned books

Supreme Court
Bantam Books Inc. v. Sullivan, 372 U.S. 58 (1963)

Board of Education, Island Trees Union School District v. Pico, 457 U.S. 53 (1982)

United States v. One Book Called "Ulysses," District Court, SD New York 5 F. Supp. 182; 1933

Virgil v. School Board of Columbia County, Florida, 862 F.2d 1517 (11th Cir.1989)


Boyer, Paul, Purity in Print: Book Censorship in America from the Gilded Age to the Computer Age, University of Wisconsin Press, 2002

Foerstel, Herbert N., Banned in the U.S.A., Greenwood Press, 1994

Reichman, Henry, Censorship and Selection, Issues and Answers for Schools, American Association of School Administrators and the American Library Association, 1993


American Library Association Web site, including lists of recently banned books

Banned Books Online

The Censorship Pages

The File Room literature section, with extensive listing of historical, recent censorship incidents

YALSA — Young Adult Library Services Association


Patriot Act

Humanitarian Law Project v. Reno, 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4411 (C.D. Cal.)(March 17, 2004)

ACLU v. Ashcroft (pending)

Muslim Community Association of Ann Arbor v. Ashcroft (pending)

Patriot Act text

American Civil Liberties Union, Unpatriotic Acts: The FBI’s Power to Rifle Through Your Records and Personal Belongings Without Telling You, July 2003

ACLU Resources on the Patriot Act

American Library Association on the Patriot Act

Collins, Jeffrey G., “Patriot Act an important weapon in terror war,” The Detroit News, Aug. 22, 2003

Comstock, Barbara, “Rhetoric v. Reality: The Department of Justice defends the Patriot Act,” National Review Online, Sept. 3, 2003

Copeland, Rebecca, “War on Terrorism or War on Constitutional Rights? Blurring the Lines of Intelligence Gathering in Post-September 11 America,” 35 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1 (2004)

Department of Justice on the Patriot Act

Doyle, Charles, “The USA Patriot Act: A Legal Analysis,” Congressional Research Service, April 15, 2002

Electronic Frontier Foundation on the Patriot Act

Free Expression Network on the Patriot Act

Hatch, Orrin, “In Defense of the Patriot Act,” USA TODAY, May 14, 2003

Heavicon, Michael, “Patriot Act gives tools to fight terrorism,” The Grand Island Independent, Sept. 26, 2003

Levendosky, Charles, “Benjamin Franklin, A True Patriot, Acts for Liberty,” First Amendment Cyber Tribune, Oct. 5, 2003

Levy, Robert. “The USA Patriot Act: We Deserve Better,” Cato Institute

Lithwick, Dahlia and Julia Turner, A Guide to the Patriot Act, Slate, Sept. 8, 2003

Mac Donald, Heather, “In Defense of the Patriot Act,” Washington Post, Aug. 24, 2003, p. B007

McCormack, Wayne, “Patriot, Privacy, and Politics,” Houston Lawyer (January/February 2004)

McFeathers, Ann and Karen MacPherson, “Patriot Act May See Revisions,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 26, 2004

Posner, Eric, and Yoo, John, “Panic and the Patriot Act: The worst thing about it is its name,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 9, 2003

Ramasastry, Anita, “Why the ACLU is Right to Challenge the FBI’s Access to Library, Bookstore, and Business Records Under the USA PATRIOT Act,” Findlaw.com, Aug. 6, 2003

Ramasastry, Anita, “Patriot II: The Sequel Why It's Even Scarier than the First Patriot Act,” findlaw.com, Feb. 17, 2003

Taylor, Stuart, Jr., “9/11: Save Some Blame for Courts That Created the ‘Wall,’” Nationaljournal.com, April 19, 2004

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