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Arizona’s Banned Book List

July 17, 2012

This list is re-posted from CounterPunch.

People involved in the Mexican American Studies struggle in Tucson, Arizona recently compiled a list of the banned books from the district, as well as released a letter signed by many organizations expressing concern over First Amendment rights, given the Tucson Unified School District’s removal of these texts. Here is the letter and here is the list, also reproduced below.

Debbie Reese has compiled this list from the May 2, 2011 Cambium Report.

High School Course Texts and Reading Lists Table 20: American Government/Social Justice Education Project 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998) by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson

The Latino Condition: A Critical Reader (1998) by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction (2001) by R. Delgado and J. Stefancic

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2000) by P. Freire

United States Government: Democracy in Action (2007) by R. C. Remy

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006) by F. A. Rosales

Declarations of Independence: Cross-Examining American Ideology (1990) by H. Zinn

Table 21: American History/Mexican American Perspectives, 1, 2 – Texts and Reading Lists

Occupied America: A History of Chicanos (2004) by R. Acuña

The Anaya Reader (1995) by R. Anaya

The American Vision (2008) by J. Appleby et el.

Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years (1998) by B. Bigelow and B. Peterson

Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992) by J. A. Burciaga

Message to Aztlán: Selected Writings (1997) by R. Gonzales

De Colores Means All of Us: Latina Views Multi-Colored Century (1998) by E. S. Martínez

500 Años Del Pueblo Chicano/500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures (1990) by E. S. Martínez

Codex Tamuanchan: On Becoming Human (1998) by R. Rodríguez

The X in La Raza II (1996) by R. Rodríguez

Dictionary of Latino Civil Rights History (2006) by F. A. Rosales

A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present (2003) by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 7, 8

Ten Little Indians (2004) by S. Alexie

The Fire Next Time (1990) by J. Baldwin

Loverboys (2008) by A. Castillo

Women Hollering Creek (1992) by S. Cisneros

Mexican White Boy (2008) by M. de la Pena

Drown (1997) by J. Díaz

Woodcuts of Women (2000) by D. Gilb

At the Afro-Asian Conference in Algeria (1965) by E. Guevara

Color Lines: “Does Anti-War Have to Be Anti-Racist Too?” (2003) by E. Martínez

Culture Clash: Life, Death and Revolutionary Comedy (1998) by R. Montoya et al.

Let Their Spirits Dance (2003) by S. Pope Duarte

Two Badges: The Lives of Mona Ruiz (1997) by M. Ruiz

The Tempest (1994) by W. Shakespeare

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (1993) by R. Takaki

The Devil’s Highway (2004) by L. A. Urrea

Puro Teatro: A Latino Anthology (1999) by A. Sandoval-Sanchez & N. Saporta Sternbach

Twelve Impossible Things before Breakfast: Stories (1997) by J. Yolen

Voices of a People’s History of the United States (2004) by H. Zinn

Course: English/Latino Literature 5, 6

Live from Death Row (1996) by J. Abu-Jamal

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven (1994) by S. Alexie

Zorro (2005) by I. Allende

Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza (1999) by G. Anzaldua

A Place to Stand (2002), by J. S. Baca

C-Train and Thirteen Mexicans (2002), by J. S. Baca

Healing Earthquakes: Poems (2001) by J. S. Baca

Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (1990) by J. S. Baca

Black Mesa Poems (1989) by J. S. Baca

Martin & Mediations on the South Valley (1987) by J. S. Baca

The Manufactured Crisis: Myths, Fraud, and the Attack on America’s Public Schools (1995) by D.C. Berliner and B. J. Biddle

Drink Cultura: Chicanismo (1992) by J. A Burciaga

Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (2005) by L. Carlson & O. Hijuielos

Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the United States (1995) by L. Carlson & O. Hijuelos

So Far From God (1993) by A. Castillo

Address to the Commonwealth Club of California (1985) by C. E. Chávez

Women Hollering Creek (1992) by S. Cisneros

House on Mango Street (1991), by S. Cisneros

Drown (1997) by J. Díaz

Suffer Smoke (2001) by E. Diaz Bjorkquist

Zapata’s Discipline: Essays (1998) by M. Espada

Like Water for Chocolate (1995) by L. Esquievel

When Living was a Labor Camp (2000) by D. García

La Llorona: Our Lady of Deformities (2000), by R. Garcia

Cantos Al Sexto Sol: An Anthology of Aztlanahuac Writing (2003) by C. García-Camarilo et al.

The Magic of Blood (1994) by D. Gilb

Message to Aztlan: Selected Writings (2001) by Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales

Saving Our Schools: The Case for Public Education, Saying No to “No Child Left Behind” (2004) by Goodman et al.

Feminism is for Everybody (2000) by b hooks

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1999) by F. Jiménez

Savage Inequalities: Children in America’s Schools (1991) by J. Kozol

Zigzagger (2003) by M. Muñoz

Infinite Divisions: An Anthology of Chicana Literature (1993) by T. D. Rebolledo & E. S. Rivero

…y no se lo trago la tierra/And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1995) by T. Rivera

Always Running – La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. (2005) by L. Rodriguez

Justice: A Question of Race (1997) by R. Rodríguez

The X in La Raza II (1996) by R. Rodríguez

Crisis in American Institutions (2006) by S. H. Skolnick & E. Currie

Los Tucsonenses: The Mexican Community in Tucson, 1854-1941 (1986) by T. Sheridan

Curandera (1993) by Carmen Tafolla

Mexican American Literature (1990) by C. M. Tatum

New Chicana/Chicano Writing (1993) by C. M. Tatum

Civil Disobedience (1993) by H. D. Thoreau

By the Lake of Sleeping Children (1996) by L. A. Urrea

Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life (2002) by L. A. Urrea

Zoot Suit and Other Plays (1992) by L. Valdez

Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert (1995) by O. Zepeda

UPDATE, Monday, January 16, 2012

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Yo Soy Joaquin/I Am Joaquin by Rodolfo Gonzales

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Devil’s Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

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