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Today in History: Remembering Harold Ordway Rugg 

Not once in a century and a half of national history has the curriculum of the school caught up with the dynamic content of American life. Whether of colonial reading or reckoning school, Latin grammar school, academy, or modern junior high school, the curriculum has lagged behind the current civilization. Although the gap between the …

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Today in History: Birth of a Nation Premiers 

Adapted from Thomas Dixon's novel, The Clansman: A Historical Romance of the Klu Klux Klan, D.W. Griffith's silent movie "Birth of a Nation" premiered on February 8th, 1915 at Clune's Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Its opening sequence included a "Plea for the Art of the Motion Picture": We do not fear censorship, for …

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2011 Muzzle Awards 

I had never heard of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression --a Virginia based not-for-profit  "devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms"  --when I stumbled upon this year's Muzzle Awards. The Muzzle Awards are compiled and presented annually each April to entities "who in the past …

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Girls Lean Back Everywhere 

Title: Girls lean back everywhere : the law of obscenity and the assault on genius Author: Edward de Grazia Production: New York : Vintage Books, 1993 Check It OutKF4775 .D44 1993 . From the Publisher: De Grazia, the attorney who argued and won the Tropic of Cancer case before the Supreme Court, offers a narrative history of censorship--from the jailing of Emile Zola's English publisher through the supression of Joyce's Ulysses, down to recent attempts to …

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Reading Banned Books Out Loud 

As many teachers know, September is the time for setting classroom routines, meeting families and setting goals for your students. In the frenzy of all the things teachers have to do in a day, we hold on to the routines we enjoy the most, or feel are the most productive. With Banned Books Week running …

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