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Huffman1 Daniel Yamhari Huffman Ms. Emily Schulten English 1001 November 9, 2010 Condemnation of Speech America is considered the land of the free and the home of the brave, until you cross the line. The first amendment of the United States constitution grants every citizen freedom of religion, speech, press, the right to assembly and to petition the government. While none of these are honored entirely, when you couple denying someone the freedom to speak with the intent to educate the act goes from wrong to vile. In the 1600s to now certain books have been burned, or banned. Denying a human the right to seek knowledge, to educate their fellow man, or to create artwork that evokes the truest of emotions is an offense worse than the most contemptible taboos. The pioneers of the preservation of knowledge were the men and women of the age of enlightenment in the eighteenth century. They were the people to begin questioning religion, saving books, or art under social attack and ultimately became the first of many free-thinkers to come. While the enlightenment age was the beginning of the change, it was just that, the beginning. It is unthinkable that a group of individuals regardless of social status could decide one day that they disagree with the rest of the world. Some people managed to save many historical items, books and in some cases whole libraries that people wanted gone. The preservation of culture and information is a slippery slope. Revolutions often came at the cost of pieces of culture becoming lost to mankind in order for us as a people to move forward. As Rebecca Knuth notes people managed to preserve entire works had to be careful “Of course,
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Huffman2 those who preserve…might be perceived as counterrevolutionary.” (17). Independent thinkers have the men and women of the enlightenment age to thank for paving the way for a future. A future without independent thinkers would leave the world a grim place indeed. An author writes for two reasons: an interest in the topic at hand and a passion for creating something that other people can learn or grow from. Why would a government or people in high positions of power want to censor an author’s work? There are many reasons you would hear, but the reality is there is always ulterior motives behind keeping certain things from the public eye. In “Banned Books” by Dawn B. Sova he talks about the social issues that are
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