I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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dc.title I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
dc.creator Angelou, Maya
dc.subject Autobiography; Blacks–United States; Racism–United States; Statutory rape; Sexually abused children; Motherhood. LCSH
dc.description I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a 1969 autobiography about the early years of American writer and poet Maya Angelou.
dc.publisher Random House
dc.date 1969 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Paperback; 304 pages; 5-⅝ x 8-¼ in.
dc.identifier ISBN: 978-0812980028
dc.source http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/3924/i-know-why-the-caged-bird-sings-by-maya-angelou/9780812980028/
dc.language en-US RFC4646
dc.relation I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; originally published by Random House; New York, 1969.
dc.rights Maya Angelou

Angelou’s autobiographical work has been challenged in 15 states. It is frequently banned or challenged in high schools and junior high schools. Censors cite its sexually explicit scenes, use of language, and religious depictions.
http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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dc.title The Color Purple
dc.creator Walker, Alice
dc.subject Fiction – African-American, Fiction – Woman, Fiction – Bigotry, Fiction – incest, Fiction – sexual abuse, Fiction – abuse, Fiction – Africa, Fiction – Missionary, Fiction – Sisters, Fiction – South, Rural, Fiction – Purple
dc.description An epic tale spanning forty years in the life of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South who survives incredible abuse and bigotry. After Celie’s abusive father marries her off to the equally debasing “Mister” Albert Johnson, things go from bad to worse, leaving Celie to find companionship anywhere she can. She perseveres, holding on to her dream of one day being reunited with her sister in Africa.
dc.publisher Mariner Books
dc.contributor Alice Walker
dc.date June 4, 1905
dc.type Text
dc.format Paperback, 300 pages,  5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
dc.identifier 860-1417533253 IBSN
dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Color-Purple-Alice-Walker/dp/0156028352/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1462125592&sr=8-1&keywords=the+color+purple+book
dc.language en-USA
dc.relation The Color Purple by Alice Walker, originally published by Mariner Books, 1982
dc.rights All Rights Reserved

The Color Purple by Alice Walker, published in 1982, is told in a series of letters.  It won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and The National Book Award for Fiction.The  story begins in the early 1900s in rural Georgia, and covers about 30 years.

The first two sentences in the book are, “You better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy”.

Then begins fourteen-year-old Celie’s letters to God. She tells him she’s always been a good girl, and asks for a sign to let her know what is happening to her.

As she tells her story to God, we learn that she is raped repeatedly by the man she believes to be her father. She has had two babies by him, a girl and a boy.  Both babies were taken from her shortly after birth, and Celie believes that her her “Pa” killed the first one, and maybe sold the second one.

Celie’s mother asks who the father of the first one is. Celie tells her it’s God. Her mother dies before the second baby is born. Celie begins to worry about her younger sister, Nettie, when she sees Pa’s growing interest in her.  An older man with four children, whose wife is dead, wants to marry her, but Pa won’t hear of it. He offers Celie instead, and a cow to go along with her if the man will agree to take her.

It takes him a few months to make up his mind, but he finally decides he will take Celie. They marry, and she puts up with his bad treatment of her without complaint.

The Color Purple has plenty of critics. It’s often targeted by censors for its “troubling ideas about race relations”, “man’s relationship to God”, African history, human sexuality, extreme and graphic violence, offensive language, and “unsuited to age group”.

The Color Purple. Retrieved 01 May 2016 from http://www.favorite-banned-books.com/the-color-purple.html

Beloved by Toni Morrison

 

 

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dc.title Beloved
dc.creator Morrison, Toni
dc.subject Slavery—United States; African American Women—Fiction; Infanticide—Fiction LCSH
dc.description Former slave Sethe can’t escape the ghosts of her past, including the ghost of her infant daughter, Beloved.
dc.publisher Vintage International
dc.contributor Toni Morrison
dc.date 06-08-2004 W3CDTF
dc.type Text DCMIType
dc.format Softcover book, 321 pages, 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 in.
dc.identifier ISBN-13 978-1400033416

Original edition: PS3563.08749B4 1987

dc.source http://www.amazon.com/Beloved-Toni-Morrison/dp/1400033411/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461603890&sr=8-1&keywords=beloved
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dc.relation Beloved by Toni Morrison; originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1987
dc.coverage 1987-2004
dc.rights All rights reserved

 

Former slave Sethe has escaped from slavery in Kentucky to freedom in Ohio. When Sethe is tracked down after only a month of freedom, she kills her two-year-old daughter rather than let her be taken back into a life of slavery. Years later, Sethe is once again living in Ohio when a young woman calling herself Beloved shows up on her doorstep…a woman who might be Sethe’s daughter. This haunting story of guilt, freedom, and slavery has frequently been banned and challenged due to accusations of “violence, sexual content, and discussion of bestiality” (Banned Books Week).

 

Works cited: “Banned Books That Shaped America.” Bannedbooksweek.org. Web. 25 Apr. 2016. http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/censorship/bannedbooksthatshapedamerica