Banned Books: Intellectual Freedom

Resources on banned/challenged books and intellectual freedom.

Intellectual Freedom: Everyone's Concern

German Students and SA Members burning books, 1933

[Image: German Students and SA members burning books and papers from the Hirschfeld Institute, which studied human sexuality and promoted tolerance towards homosexuals and transgender persons, 1933.]

We often think of intellectual freedom in terms of media censorship, but threats to our intellectual freedoms are much more pervasive and, often, much more subtle.  Even a single instance of censorship can have tremendous repercussions. The burning of the Hirschfeld Institute's documents (pictured above), for instance, set back science regarding human sexuality and gender for decades. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom tracks threats to intellectual freedom in the United States, and makes that information available to the public on their website.

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