Hentoff, Nat: The Day They Came to Arrest the Book

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Iris Weihrauch Nat Hentoff: The Day They Came to Arrest the Book Nat Hentoff was born in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated at Northeastern University and Harvard, but also studied in Paris. At the moment he is a writer for two American newspapers and has been acclaimed for his essays concerning civil liberties and jazz. One of his most famous books, The Day They Came to Arrest the Book, was written and published in the United States in 1982. The story is set in a normal High School called George Mason High School and it s September, the beginning of a new school year. In their first History lesson Nora Baines, their teacher, hands out a book list with some historical important books, also including Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, which she wants them to read as a background for her teaching. Only one week later a father of one of her pupils, Mr. McLean, who is black, has a meeting with the school s principal Mr. Moore, because he is shocked at the fact that his son has to read a book, including a lot of racist words like nigger . A word which has been a common term at Twain s time. He wants the principal to ban the book at once and to keep it away from every single child at George Mason High because he and all other black people would feel offended. Moore, who only wants a peaceful solution tells him that he will talk with the teacher and the (new) librarian and will order a censorship , even this is not the word he exactly uses. After this incident he does it, but Ms. ...

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