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Rodenbeek Caitlin Rodenbeek Otis, Amy ENG 123-033 8 May 2007 Fascist Censorship: Is This America’s Future? As long as humans have wanted to communicate, others have tried to prevent them. Every day someone tries to restrict or control what can be written. These banners of the written word have been very successful at getting rid of books that are “sexually explicit, contain offensive language, and are considered to be unsuited to age groups” (American Library Association). In ancient Greece, stories were banned, burned, or changed before most people could read them. That was a good way of permanently removing a book, because the printing press had not been invented yet, and often only one or two handwritten copies existed. The public never realizes how often and unreasonable banning literature truly is. In the past, many Fascist government countries used book banning as a form of control against their people. Countries like Benito Mussolini’s Italy, Francisco Franco’s Spain, and Adolf Hitler’s Germany fell under these ideas, but America is not so different from the Fascists regimes. America has a history of censoring literature since the 1920s. The most well-known books that are most frequently banned or challenged include: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , by Mark Twain; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll; The Call of the Wild , by Jack London; The Catcher in the Rye , by J. D. Salinger; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory , by Roald Dahl; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , by Maya Angelou; A Light in the Attic , by Shel Silverstein; and Little House on the Prairie , by Laura Ingalls 1
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Rodenbeek Wilder. Carroll’s book was banned because it portrayed animals and people on a same level and Wilder was criticized for being offensive to Indians. One of the most popular and banned authors of all time is Stephen King. Creepy tales such as Carrie , Cujo , and It are just some of his forbidden pieces. Even in Italy censorship played a major roll with maintaining control. It is difficult to comprehend that none of these classic American works would be allowed in Italy under Benito Mussolini’s regime. Italy is known for its beautiful scenery, culture, and wine. What many people know little to nothing about is that in the past, there was an extreme form of expurgation enforced by their Fascist leader, Benito Mussolini. “Mussolini was a self-educated man who was extremely proud of his socialist perspective in which he adopted from his parents. According to Encyclopedia Britannica Online, one might consider Mussolini to be one of the most insecure leaders of a dictating government, in that his fear of how he was perceived by his people and other countries caused complete control over any kind of mass media” (“Benito Mussolini” 3). Once Italy began to enter the First World War, his Fascist views became a bit more popular, but it was not until after the war that the people of Italy recognized him. With the country in shambles and Mussolini, along with other war veterans, enforcing the idea of
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