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AAST 290: Banned Books that Changed Black History (Wentworth): Home

This is a guide to the course AAST 290: Banned Books that Changed Black History

William Maxwell

William J. Maxwell is a professor of English and African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches modern American and African American literature. He is the author of New Negro, Old Left: African American Writing and Communism between the Wars and the editor of Claude McKay's Complete Poems. 

Topic Overview

Challenged vs. Banned

From the American Library Association

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others.

Various sources you will find through CofC Libraries:

Articles from scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.  Archival Materials: including, but not limited to, books, pamphlets, and newspaper articles.
Books and eBooks via our catalog in numerous fields of study. Interviews available via film or through various databases.
Films and media available with transcripts; contains documentaries, movies, and more.
Content specific databases for a focused researching experience.

Manager of Archival Services

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Aaisha Haykal
Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
125 Bull Street
Charleston, SC 29494