Curated byMichelle Krasovitski, Hark Contributor
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An Argument for Making All Books & Ideas Available

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How free should information be? Ryan Holiday offers a meditation on why we should not ban books—any books.
An Argument for Making All Books & Ideas Available

The Daily Stoic

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Why Ancient Rulers Targeted Enemy Libraries

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In this clip, historian and author Richard Ovenden recounts the fascinating case of an Assyrian king who targeted enemy libraries, indicating that leaders’ instinct to inhibit education is not a new phenomenon.
Why Ancient Rulers Targeted Enemy Libraries

New Books in Literary Studies

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The Burning of the Library of Alexandria in 48 BCE

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The burning of the Library of Alexandria in 48 BCE was a casualty of a contentious war between Julius Caesar, Cleopatra and Ptolemy VIII. It's a loss that has come to serve as a warning about the value of knowledge and education.
The Burning of the Library of Alexandria in 48 BCE

The Unusual Show

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America’s First Banned Book Wasn't a Fan of the Puritans

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Historian and author Peter C. Mancall tells the story of the Puritans banning 'The New Canaan' by Thomas Morton for its negative portrayal of them.
America’s First Banned Book Wasn't a Fan of the Puritans

Story Search From Special Collections

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The Burning of the Library of Congress in the 1800s

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While the War of 1812 raged in America, the British Army attacked and burned down the Library of Congress. Historian Richard Ovenden explains the motivations for the British to burn down their enemy’s library.
The Burning of the Library of Congress in the 1800s

New Books in Literary Studies

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Nazi Book Burnings During WWII

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From Jewish-authored books to texts on socialism and Marxism, Richard Davis explores the Nazis’ banned books list created by Wolfgang Hermann, the most infamous librarian in history.
Nazi Book Burnings During WWII

Behind the Bookshelves

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Donald Duck's Banning in Chile in 1971 Was a Political & Corporate Censure

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‘How to Read Donald Duck,' published in 1971, is a critique of Disney’s promotion of capitalism. In Chile, under then President Pinochet, it was subject to public book burnings. In the U.S., Disney effectively censored it through legal maneuvers.
Donald Duck's Banning in Chile in 1971 Was a Political & Corporate Censure

The Book Drop

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A 1984 Bookshop Raid to Censor LGBTQ+ Works

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Tash Walker and Adam Zmith of ‘The Log Books’ recount a 1984 raid in which officers arrested the owners of a gay book shop in London. Police confiscated more than 140 titles, and the shop was charged with conspiracy to import indecent books.
A 1984 Bookshop Raid to Censor LGBTQ+ Works

The Log Books

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A Library is Pillaged in Timbuktu in 2013

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Bridget Kendall speaks to historians Dr. Gus Casley-Hayford, Dr. Susana Molins-Lliteras and Dr. Lansine Kaba about the pillaging of a library in Timbuktu by Islamist insurgents in 2013.
A Library is Pillaged in Timbuktu in 2013

The Forum

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Book Bans Are on the Rise in the 2020s

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Jenn White peaks to reporter Miranda Suarez following a banning in South Lake, TX. After a teacher assigned a reading list including books on race, parents voiced their displeasure. The school publicly reprimanded the teacher.
Book Bans Are on the Rise in the 2020s

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