By Mary E. Hull
Censorship in the United States discusses why many gadgets of paintings, literature, and pop culture are thought of debatable, and examines the arguments of each side. It explores the present wave of censorship within the kind of political correctness and covers groundbreaking litigation and proposed laws.
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