11 Banned Books in Island Trees v Pico (1982)


Image from CIVIO card game

Image from CIVIO card game

The Island Trees school board tried to remove these books from the school library shelf claiming the books were “antiAmerican, antiChristian, antiSemitic, and just plain filthy.” The Supreme Court ruled that they couldn’t do this in Island Trees Board of Education v Pico (1982). September 26 – October 3, 2009 was Banned Books week.
  1. Slaughter House Five, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  2. The Naked Ape, by Desmond Morris
  3. Down These Mean Streets, by Piri Thomas
  4. Best Short Stories of Negro Writers, edited by Langston Hughes
  5. Go Ask Alice, of anonymous authorship
  6. Laughing Boy, by Oliver LaFarge
  7. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
  8. A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But A Sandwich, by Alice Childress
  9. Soul On Ice, by Eldridge Cleaver.
  10. A Reader for Writers, edited by Jerome Archer
  11. The Fixer, by Bernard Malamud

Learn more about Island Trees Board of Education v Pico and other landmark Supreme Court cases dealing with civil rights and civil liberties. The Island Trees banned books case is featured in CIVIO, a civil rights strategy game. Please check it out.


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