Banned Books Week: African-American Classics Barred From Classrooms

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Jambo Means Hello: The Swahili Alphabet by Muriel Feelings
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Banned Books Week
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

Published in 1882, this American classic was written in response to the passage of the second Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, which declared that all runaway slaves be brought back to their masters. The book immediately enraged white Southerners and was banned for a time in many parts of the South. 

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